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Acting Time and Cutting Scripts
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 838. Thursday, 24 November 1993.
 
From:           William Godshalk <
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Date:           Wednesday, 24 Nov 1993 22:38:58 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        Acting time and cutting scripts
 
Last night, I was looking at the 1600 Q of HENRY V, and looking over the Oxford
textual commentary. Then I started to think of the two hours' traffic of the
stage, and other bits and pieces from Peter Alexander came to mind along with
MACBETH and the argument that it's a cut version of a longer script.
 
Is it possible that most of Shakespeare's scripts were cut in most, if not all,
performances? Is it possible that scripts could be cut differently on an almost
daily basis?
 
Nosworthy in SHAKESPEARE'S OCCASIONAL PLAYS suggests different ways TROILUS AND
CRESSIDA may be concluded. Perhaps in different performances it was concluded
in different ways - sometimes with the death of Hector, sometimes with the
rejection of Pandarus, and sometimes with the words of Troilus. I'm assuming
here that the play was acted more than once or twice in Shakespeare's time. I
realize that this is contested turf.
 
If anyone knows a good recent article or two on cutting and/or playing time,
please let me know.
 
Thanks in advance.
 
Yours, Bill Godshalk
 

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