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Re: Hamlet (Nude and Otherwise)
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0714.  Tuesday, 5 September 1994.
 
(1)     From:   Hardy M. Cook <
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        Date:   Tuesday, September 5, 1994
        Subj:   Apologies
 
(2)     From:   Pedro Rubim de Pinho Accioli Doria <
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        Date:   Saturday, 3 Sep 1994 19:23:30 -0300
        Subj:   Re:  SHK 5.0712  "Nude" Hamlet
 
(3)     From:   Ken Colston <
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        Date:   Monday, 05 Sep 94 13:20:17 EDT
        Subj:   Ralph Finnes on Tour in Hamlet
 
 
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From:           Hardy M. Cook <
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Date:           Tuesday, September 5, 1994
Subject:        Apologies
 
My apologies to Carey Cummings <
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posting about the "Nude" Hamlet.
 
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From:           Pedro Rubim de Pinho Accioli Doria <
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Date:           Saturday, 3 Sep 1994 19:23:30 -0300
Subject: 5.0712  "Nude" Hamlet
Comment:        Re:  SHK 5.0712  "Nude" Hamlet
 
If there's interest on nude Hamlet reviews I'd like to share with you my
appointments on "Ham-Let" staged by director Jose' Celso Martinez Correa in Rio
de Janeiro and Sao Paulo/Brazil.
 
(1) Ham-Let is a 5 hour play, divided in three acts (instead of the original
five).
 
(2) There are plenty of nude scenes, even an almost-explicit sex one (between
Claudius and Gertrude as King Hamlet's ghost talks to his son on the beginning
of Act I).
 
As an actor, I don't see any problem on nudes; as a director I rather not use
them. Yet, I've heard about some Midsummer Night Dream's stagings that were
extremely poetic on these. It is not the case of Ham-let. Most actors are
simply bad actors (that includes Hamlet himself). The homosexual relationship
between the prince and Horatio is exposed on a shocking (and unnecessary)
half-a-minute kiss. Hamlet strips off his pants and walk around the stage on
his shirt for a while...
 
Yet there is one single scene which is extremely beautiful, the one of
Ophelia's suicide. On a white see-through dress she falls into a pool (it's an
open air presentation) singing. For some moments there's a tender mood on the
audience. Then, two men jump desperate on the pool, they yell a little. It is
terror we see on their eyes. One of them comes back with dead Ophelia on his
arms.
 
It's a pity that on a five-hour play this is the only shot I'll keep on notes.
The show simply isn't worth it.
 
Anyone interested on more details on this, simply send me a mail. I'd be glad
to help with newspaper reviews and other comments. There's been a lot of
talking about Ham-Let around here.
 
Pedro R. Doria
Director to "Nos Enquanto Eles" group

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From:           Ken Colston <
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Date:           Monday, 05 Sep 94 13:20:17 EDT
Subject:        Ralph Finnes on Tour in Hamlet
 
I have heard that Ralph Finnes is/will be on tour playing Hamlet in the United
States.  Does anyone know company and the schedule?
 

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