Hamlet had always been a play that I'd had mixed feelings about. It was a classic, but I never had any feeling for it. However, I had an awakening. Part of this awakening was watching the RSC production. The other part of the awakening was some changes in my own family. Those two experienced combined made me realize something about this play, and something I wanted to communicate about it. For me, the play has a large part to do with social groups such as family and friends and the difference between generations. Because I suddenly found a part of Hamlet playing itself out in my own life, I also wanted to communicate the timeless nature of this play. I first wanted to establish that I saw the Kingdom of Denmark as a moody and dark place. Not an evil place, but a place of fog and rain. I also saw it as a place with strong traditions and heritage, a militaristic culture, but also a place struggling with the changing of generations.