What is the dramatic purpose of introducing the players in Hamlet?

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Several dramatic purposes are served, though not all of them are made visible immediately.
First and most simply, more characters are on stage. This diffuses the tension between Hamlet and Claudius, and delays direct confrontation.
Second, it reminds us of another larger and happier world, before Claudius.
Third, the themes discussed (playing roles, change, but also the content of the play) relate to Hamlet's larger action.
And fourth, once they are there, foreshadowing.

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