Summary; Act i scene i; Study Guide. Hamlet Act I, Scene i. By William Shakespeare. Act I, Scene ii. Act I, Scene i. Long ago in a kingdom far away—specifically, in Elsinore, Denmark—some guys named Bernardo and Francisco are hanging out on the castle battlements. Francisco is done with his shift and gets ready to head out. Marcellus, yet another watchman, shows up with a man named.