One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A performance or event taking place without the principal actor or central figure.
- ‘It's a bit like Hamlet without the Prince - less than 18 days away from the biggest GAA extravaganza to hit Sligo in many years.’
- ‘Team Ireland continues like Hamlet without the Prince.’
- ‘And The Taming of the Shrew without a shrew and a bully is like Hamlet without the Prince and the King.’
- ‘Probably not; Hamlet without the Prince would not be so wonderful and the Grand Armée without Napoleon might not have been exactly the force it was.’
- ‘‘I want people to watch this film as they would watch Hamlet without the Prince of Denmark in it,’ he says, adding later that ‘the anger in me is now gone’.’
- ‘Then Tom Cronin had to retire hurt and this was to prove another fatal blow as a Crotta team without a Cronin is like Hamlet without the Prince.’
- ‘Without a name, the house parties must seem a bit like Hamlet without the Prince.’
- ‘A woeful performance graphically outlined their reliance upon the injured Craig Chalmers, without whom they resembled Hamlet without the Prince.’
- ‘Still without ace marksman we were a Shakesperean version of Hamlet without the Prince, and only in his absence could one come to fully appreciate the enormous impact he had on the game until the point of his withdrawal.’
- ‘It was a bit like talking about Hamlet without the Prince of Denmark.’
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