Sammy Nickalls
April 25, 2016 8:21 am
YouTube / David Tennant

Need a dose of pure, unadulterated awesomeness this Monday? Look no further than a video featuring *all* the British greats debating how to recite Hamlet. It’ll satisfy anyone of any fandom: Shakespeareans, Sherlockians, Whovians, Ringers, and even royal watchers.

On Saturday, the Royal Shakespeare Company honored the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death with a star-studded performance: Benedict Cumberbatch, Sir Ian McKellen, David Tennant, Dame Judi Dench, Harriet Walker, Paapa Essiedu, Rory Kinnear, and Tim Minchin. When these legends gathered onstage to debate the best way to deliver the famous Hamlet line “To be or not to be,” we thought it couldn’t get any better. Spoiler alert: It did.

The actors jokingly bickered over which word in the line should be stressed the most — Benedict thought it should be “not,” while David thought “that” was the key word. Only one person could break it up: the president of the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Prince of Wales. That’s right: Prince Charles had to show up to settle the Hamlet argument, once and for all. Check out the video below to learn which is *really* the word you should focus on when you’re holding a skull (wait. . . wrong soliloquy).

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