Is Jude Law the Hottest Hamlet?

Seats are filling up rapidly for Broadway's new production of Hamlet -- and reportedly, most of them are full of young women who are there to swoon over lead actor Jude Law.

Law is just the latest in a long line of sexy Hamlets, proving that women's thing for brooding guys didn't start with Twilight. Here are a few of the notable hotties to fill the Prince of Denmark's tights:

Jude Law
London and Broadway stage productions, 2009.
What the critics said:
"A spine-tingling and richly layered performance." - NY Daily News

Ethan Hawke,
Michael Almereyda's modern-day adaption, 2000.
What the critics said:
"A stunningly bad lead performance." -

Ralph Fiennes
Broadway, 1995.
What the critics said:
"Not a lot of depth, but an exquisite sparkle... Fred Astaire crossed with Errol Flynn." - New York Times

Mel Gibson
Franco Zeffirelli film, 1991.
What the critics said:
"Moony Mel's melancholy is what matinee idols are made of." -

Kenneth Branagh
Self-directed film, 1996.
What the critics said:
"This is a role the Irish actor could do in his sleep. But the choices he makes are usually overextended." - Washington Post

Other notably handsome men who've played Hamlet include Richard Burton, Kevin Kline, Laurence Olivier and John Barrymore. Of course, the role has been played well by a few schlubby dudes too (like the amazing Derek Jacobi) -- and one of the most acclaimed Hamlets of all time was actually the 19th century actress Sarah Bernhardt. Now that's hot.

Who do you think is the hottest Hamlet? Chime in  below!

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