The Honourable Lucinda Cholmondeley-Coutts wasn’t doing anything unusual in stealing the plot of Hamlet (see Meeting the Agent, below, on January 8).

Browsing the DVD’s recently I noticed something called Thrones & Empires, mainly because it featured Helen Mirren: Fenge steals the throne of Jutland by killing his brother, King Hardvanael and marrying his widow. Hardvanael’s son, Amled, feigns insanity to avoid his own execution, but Fenge doubts his condition and ships him off to England to be murdered. Instead the prince marries an English rose, returns and extracts his revenge.

It’s been tweaked a bit, but then Shakespeare wasn’t averse to a bit of tweaking of his own…