In which John Green teaches you about Hamlet, William Shakespeare's longest and most-performed play (video one of two). People love Hamlet. The play that is, not necessarily the character. John will talk a little bit about the history of the play and the different versions of it that have appeared in the centuries since it was written. You'll also learn about some of the big themes in the play, get a brief plot overview, and the all important connections between Prince Hamlet and Simba, the Lion King. Seriously though, The Lion King is totally just a Hamlet musical with animals instead of people.