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.