Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0383. Sunday, 1 May 1994.
From: Joanne Merrian <
Date: Saturday, 30 Apr 1994 10:24:17 -0300
Subject: Spinoff: Monsterpiece Theatre
Saw this on Sesame Street a few days ago...
MONSTERPIECE THEATRE: HAMLET
introduced by Alistair Cookie (Cookie Monster)
A.C.: Hello. This is Alistair Cookie and welcome to Monsterpiece
Theatre. Today, me incredibly proud to present one of best-loved
classics in whole world, a play that explores feelings that bubble
deep inside all of us. Yes, me proud to present "Hamlet, Prince of
Denmark". It don't get classier than this.
(Scene: Hamlet walks on the cloudy battlements, reading a book.)
Elmo: Forsooth! Elmo spieth Hamlet, Prince of Denmark! Reading a book!
A funny book! It maketh him happy. Oh, Hamlet, what doth thou
read that maketh thee so happy?
Ham: Words, words, words.
Elmo: Elmo knoweth that a book hath words, words, words, but pray tell
what words doth the book hath?
(Hamlet sighs, begins to cry)
Oh, now Prince Hamlet seemeth so sad.
(Hamlet elaborately blows his nose)
Oh, Hamlet. Pray tell Elmo what maketh thee so sad?
Ham: (sadly) Words, words, words.
Elmo: Again with the words, words, words! Prince Hamlet doth not give
to Elmo a straight answer! Oh-oh! Oh-oh! A dark cloud doth sweep
across Hamlet's brow! He seemeth... angry! What doth thou readeth
that maketh thee so angry, oh great prince?
Ham: (angrily) Words, words, words.
Elmo: Okay! That does it! Elmo's feddeth up! One last question, Hamlet!
Elmo: Where can Elmo getteth his own book?
Ham: Get thee to a library, Elmo.
Elmo: Ah.. a library! Of course. Elmo will run to the royal library and
borroeth his own book! Yeah, bye!
Ham: At last, now I am alone.
Enter Elmo, carrying a book.
(Elmo sits next to Hamlet, begins to read and starts laughing)
Ham: What doth thou read, Elmo, that maketh thee so happy?
Elmo: Oh, well Elmo can't read yet, Hamlet. Elmo's looking at...
pictures! pictures! pictures!
A.C.: Oh boy, that great stuff! Very deep, very emotional. But what me
like best is that Hamlet is Prince of Denmark, cause that make Hamlet
Danish, and me just love danish! Especially prune danish!
(Eats prune danish)
Monsterpiece Theatre theme starts.
By the way, Hamlet was played by Mel Gibson.
This episode aired here on April 28.