1. Hamlet is a normal person falling into a unsolvable situation... Goethe characterised Hamlet as an oak tree planted in a costly jar that it shatters. In other words, “A lovely, pure, noble and most moral nature, without the strength of nerve which forms a hero, sinks beneath a burden which it cannot bear and must not cast away”. John Quincy Adams, a former US president, praised Hamlet similarly as “Man in the ideal perfection of his intellectual and moral nature, struggling with calamity beyond his power to bear”.
2. Hamlet is complicated. The actor who essays it must obviously be equipped with certain essential qualities - grace of person and princely bearing, youth, energy, humour and sensitivity. He must have a pleasing voice of great range, and a meticulous ear for verse and prose. He must be neither slow nor ponderous. He must have wit and gentleness, but also power, edge, and a sense of the macabre. He must fascinate by his quick changes of mood.
3. Hamlet is with a weak, gentle personality. Hamlet’s first speech: Courteous, easy, kindly with all to the lowest in rank he is most affable. Above all things, a gentleman, even to those he hates. Feminine, but not effeminate, in feeling. This is the basis on which you may build whatever Hamlet pleaseth thee.