King Ham and his wife Eleanor are invited to a play by a passing theatre group. They agree to go and take there their seats
The Prince Gimlet tells one of the lead actors at an agreed price to change the play according to the death of his father. The actor says yes.
As the contrived play is being played out King Ham begins to swell up and realizes to his horror what the play is about. For King Ham is the murderer.
Once King Ham realizes what the play is about he immediately stops it and orders the actors to be killed. Gimlet asks why they must be killed and the King replies that it is personal reasons. Gimlet investigates.
King Ham takes matters into his own hands by killing one of the actors with poison, the same poison that he used to kill Gimlet's father.The King however does not know of the spying Gimlet watching his every move.
Gimlet takes action by accusing the King of manslaughter he uses traces of the poison bottle found in Ham's chamber. The sample matches the one in Gimlet's dead father's ear.The King can do nothing but go to the castle dungeon for an eternity