Many years ago in Denmark there was a prince called Hamlet. One day Hamlet’s father, the king, dies suddenly and Hamlet is very sad. After this Hamlet’s mother, Gertrude, gets married again very quickly. She marries her husband’s brother, Claudius, and Claudius is now the king! “Aargh! How could you do this to me!” One night Hamlet’s friend, Horatio, tells him that there is a ghost in the castle. It is the ghost of Hamlet’s father! “Claudius killed me with poison! Hamlet, you must punish Claudius for me!” Hamlet is confused. He doesn’t know if he believes the ghost and he doesn’t know what to do. Hamlet now acts very strangely. He is mean and angry, and he upsets his girlfriend, Ophelia. “Go away! Leave me alone!” “Oh, he is so mean!” One day a group of actors come to the castle and Hamlet makes a plan. He asks the actors to change their play. The new play will show a king poisoned like Hamlet’s father. “With this play I will catch the king.” When Claudius watches the play he looks very worried and runs away. Hamlet sees him and he knows the truth. Claudius is very worried about Hamlet now and makes a plan with Ophelia’s brother, Laertes. “You will fight him and we will put poison on the sword and in his drink too.” Laertes and Hamlet fight. Laertes cuts Hamlet, but in the fight Hamlet takes Laertes’ sword and cuts him with it too! “Here, Hamlet, drink this.”
Once upon a time there was a boy called Jack. He lived with his mother. They were very poor. All they had was a cow. One morning, Jack’s mother told Jack to take their cow to market and sell her. On the way, Jack met a man. He gave Jack some magic beans for the cow. Jack took the beans and went back home. When Jack’s mother saw the beans she was very angry. She threw the beans out of the window. The next morning, Jack looked out of the window. There was a giant beanstalk. He went outside and started to climb the beanstalk. He climbed up to the sky through the clouds. Jack saw a beautiful castle. He went inside. Jack heard a voice. ‘Fee, fi, fo, fum!’ Jack ran into a cupboard. An enormous giant came into the room and sat down. On the table there was a hen and a golden harp. ‘Lay!’ said the giant. The hen laid an egg. It was made of gold. ‘Sing!’ said the giant. The harp began to sing. Soon the giant was asleep. Jack jumped out of the cupboard. He took the hen and the harp. Suddenly, the harp sang, ‘Help, master!’ The giant woke up and shouted, ‘Fee, fi, fo, fum!’ Jack ran and started climbing down the beanstalk. The giant came down after him. Jack shouted, ‘Mother! Help!’ Jack’s mother took an axe and chopped down the beanstalk. The giant fell and crashed to the ground. Nobody ever saw him again. With the golden eggs and the magic harp, Jack and his mother lived happily ever after.