The Klingon Hamlet

Shakespeare meets Star Trek in this Klingon language version of Shakespeare’s Hamlet

Our collection contains a wealth of material that shows the enduring, global interest in Shakespeare. Included among these items are many translations of his works, like this Klingon version of Hamlet.

The alien Klingon race features in the popular American television and film series Star Trek, first screened in the 1960s. The Star Trek brand has remained popular throughout the years, with a new film released in May 2013.

The Klingon Hamlet was prepared by the Klingon Language Institute and first published in 1996. Inspiration for the project came from a line featured in the film Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country in which the Klingon Chancellor Gorkon stated: ‘You have not experienced Shakespeare until you have read him in the original Klingon’

Hamlet was restored to the ‘original Klingon’ by Nick Nicholas and Andrew Strader; edited by Mark Shoulson with assistance from Will Martin and d'Armond Speers. The Klingon Hamlet contains the complete text of the play, along with an English language version. In addition, an introduction explains the play's crucial importance in Klingon culture.

Shakespeare’s plays were inspired by curiosity and adventure and were often set in faraway lands. He would no doubt be astonished as well as delighted at how his words continue to speak to people all around the world.