Everyone knows that Hamlet is a play by Shakespeare whose eponymous hero delivers the famous 'to be, or not to be' soliloquy. However, Hamlet is also a 'perennially out-of-work thespian pig' (ham-let, geddit?) in Harry Venning's strip cartoon of the same name, which appears in The Stage. This is an animated version of that cartoon.
This cartoon contains a lot of grammar points, wordplay, phrasal verbs, and idioms. To get further information, just hover your mouse over the words highlighted in pale blue.
HAMLET: Being overweight is holding my career back. If I were thinner, I could go up for romantic lead parts.
BRUTUS: Aye, Hamlet, happen you could. But if you lost weight, think of all those character roles you’d miss out on.
HAMLET: Tubby or not tubby, that is the question.
BRUTUS: Actually, I’m in a bit of a pickle myself. My agent’s put me up for a job on the so-called 'English Riviera'.
HAMLET: But Brutus, old chap, if you take a job on the English Riviera, you’ll be miles away, and out of the theatrical loop.
BRUTUS: Torbay or not Torbay, that is the question.
FRENCH COW: Excuse me, mes amis, but I couldn’t help but hear your conversation. For I too am on the horns of a, how you say, dilemma.
HAMLET: We say ‘dilemma’.
FRENCH COW: Aye, that’s right, dilemma. I want to act, but my family in France are putting pressure on me to return home to Seine et Marne and become involved in the local soft cheese industry.
FRENCH COW: To Brie or not to Brie, that is the question.
BUZZ THE BEE: Bzzzzzzzzz. Hello Hamlet. Excuse me but I too …
You can watch Laurence Olivier reciting Hamlet's 'to be, or not to be' soliloquy, here.