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Re: Elizabethan Directors and Directing
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0451.  Wednesday, 7 June 1995.
 
(1)     From:   Norman J. Myers <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 6 Jun 1995 11:14:07 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0445  Re: Directors and Directing
 
(2)     From:   Dom Saliani <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 06 Jun 1995 15:36:56 -0700 (MST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0445  Re: Directors and Directing
 
 
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Date:           Tuesday, 6 Jun 1995 11:14:07 -0400
Subject: 6.0445  Re: Directors and Directing
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0445  Re: Directors and Directing
 
>The first instance of a clearly directorial role must surely be Hamlet with his
>explicit and detailed instructions to the Players in Act111, scene ii.
>
>Anna Cole
 
And we should remember that Hamlet is as much a *playwright* who wants to make
sure that his text is done "correctly" as he is a director.  He wants to make
sure those uncontrollable actors don't screw things up, because if they do, the
play won't be the thing.  He's trying to make his playtext "actor proof."  The
actors are likely ignoring his "direction."  Actors sometimes do that.
 
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Date:           Tuesday, 06 Jun 1995 15:36:56 -0700 (MST)
Subject: 6.0445  Re: Directors and Directing
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0445  Re: Directors and Directing
 
I would like to think that a fair amount of directing did occur during the
Elizabethan period. Shakespeare makes this obvious in Hamlet's directorial
"advice" to the actors.
 
A similar scenario occurs in the *Shrew* Induction scene with the Lord
directing his servants. From the little that I know about actors during the
Elizabethan period, they were basically servants and hence the *Shrew* scene
would be a fairly accurate representation of one of the ways in which
entertainments were arranged. In other words, the licensing Lord could and
perhaps would be involved in the productions - as a director?
 
Henry IV Part 1 also has a scene involving a "Lord" directing a scene. Are
there any other plays with such scenes?
 
The most inept "director" would have to be Quince in *MND* and I think it is
interesting that here we have a commoner as director.
 
Does anyone have any information in this regard? Did the Lord Chamberlain
become involve in the productions of his servants? What was the extent of Lord
Strange and Derby's involvement?
 

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