Re: Branagh *Hamlet* and Gertrude Query
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 722. Friday, 5 November 1993.
From: David McFadden <
Date: Thursday, 4 Nov 1993 22:40:07 -0500
Subject: Branagh's Hamlet
The four-hour Kenneth Branagh Hamlet which as we know ran earlier this
week on CBC FM was so impressive I toddled down to Theatrebooks in
Toronto and bought a copy on compact disk (three). It was $Can33, and
they also had it on cassette tapes (four) for $27. Ten per cent discount
when you present your Cinemateque Ontario membership card. As for
the Asimov Shakespeare, which was the subject of considerable praise
on SHAKSPER a few weeks ago, the fellow at Theatrebooks said the book
is temporarily out of print, but a new edition is due out in the spring.
A question for the experts. Claudius admits his guilt in his soliloquy in
Act 3 Scene 3, but what about Gertrude? She seems to me to be innocent
right up to the end of any complicity or knowledge of the murder. Am I
right? Perhaps her only sin is in not wanting to know....
David W. McFadden <
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now, yet it will come--the readiness is all. Since no man, of aught
he leaves, knows what is't to leave betimes, let be."
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