R: Doubling Claudius and Ghost
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 3, No. 295. Monday, 2 November 1992.
From: David Pacheco <
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
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.