Does revenge justify murder? The King of Denmark is dead. Consumed with grief, Prince Hamlet devotes himself to avenging his father’s death with devastating consequences for his family and the Kingdom. The spirit of a murdered king, the wrath of a vengeful son and the turmoil of Denmark in 1601. Shakespeare’s most iconic and challenging play, arguably the world’s greatest dramatic work, tells the tale of young Prince Hamlet avenging his father’s death.