Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 35. Thursday, 21 January 1993.
Date: Wednesday, 20 Jan 1993 18:49 EDT
Subject: 4.0034 "To be or not to be"; Melancholy (con't)
Comment: Re: SHK 4.0034 "To be or not to be"; Melancholy (con't)
Re overhearing "to be": Derek Jacobi was convinced that Ophelia overhears him,
an interpretation I saw also a few years ago in Boston. When Jacobi directed
the play recently, he had Ophelia not only overhear but be an active listener,
with Hamlet holding her hands and speaking directly to her.
Re Chamberlain: the director moves the actor around during the speech so that
he seems to be brooding about death and action for a long, long time. Only at
the end does he enter the church where he will see Ophelia, far below him. I
believe he notices the shadows of Pol and Claud only after he has begun
speaking to her. The speech is internal during "to be".
Since I am now coordinating the New Variorum Hamlet project, nicknamed the 2001
project, I would welcome any copies of published or unpublished papers on words,
phrases, lines, whole speeches and the like. Send to me at 70 Glen Cove Drive,
Glen Head, NY 11545. Thanks!