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R: Doubling Claudius and Ghost
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 3, No. 295.  Monday, 2 November 1992.
 
From: 		David Pacheco <
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Date: 		Monday, Nov. 2, 1992, 10:24:32 GMT-0600
Subject: 	Re: 3.0291  Rs: ASTR-L Address; Innogen Pun, Plus a Query
 
>Would it have been likely that the same player might play the ghost
>and Claudius?
 
How likely it may have been in Shakespearian times is a question that
is up for grabs (like many of the recent doubling questions on
SHAKSPER), but it has been done on many an occasion.  I distinctly
remember a touring production by a British company in 1983(?) down in
Costa Rica, where they played Hamlet with only 6 actors, if memory
serves me well.  Claudius-Ghost, and Polonius-Gravedigger (as Tom
Loughlin mentions) were two of the doublings used in that one.
 
       -David Pacheco
 

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