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Re: Hamlet Parody
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, SHK 7.0763.  Wednesday, 23 October 1996.

(1)     From:   Michael J. Prince <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 22 Oct 1996 19:34:31 +0200 (MET DST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 7.0760 Qs: Hamlet Parody

(2)     From:   Matthew Bibb <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 22 Oct 96 11:22:31 PST
        Subj:   Re: Hamlet Parody

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        Date:   Tuesday, 22 Oct 1996 14:37:24 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 7.0760  Qs: Hamlet Parody

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        Date:   Tuesday, 22 Oct 1996 15:42:32 -0400 (EDT)
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        Date:   Tuesday, 22 Oct 1996 16:08:41 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 7.0760 Q: Hamlet Parody

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        Date:   Tuesday, 22 Oct 1996 16:21:06 +0200 (IST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 7.0760 Qs: Hamlet Parody

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        Date:   Tuesday, 22 Oct 1996 20:27:56 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 7.0760  Qs: Hamlet Parody

(8)     From:   Tom Clayton <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 22 Oct 1996 20:30:20
        Subj:   RE: SHK 7.0760  Qs: Hamlet Parody

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        Date:   Tuesday, 22 Oct 1996 16:43:41 -0500 (CDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 7.060 and 7.0756 Stoppard and Quayle

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        Date:   Wednesday, 23 Oct 1996 10:44:44 +0200 (MESZ)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 7.0760 Qs: Hamlet Parody

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        Date:   Wednesday, 23 Oct 96 00:28:58 -0400
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        Date:   Tuesday, 22 Oct 1996 22:42:50 -0500
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        Date:   Tuesday, 22 Oct 96 21:26:07 -0500
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From:           Michael J. Prince <
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Date:           Tuesday, 22 Oct 1996 19:34:31 +0200 (MET DST)
Subject: 7.0760 Qs: Hamlet Parody
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0760 Qs: Hamlet Parody

As regards the Hamlet parody, Tom Stoppard is your man. I believe it is called
"The Fifteen Minute Hamlet" and when I saw it in NYC summer of '94 it was
followed by "The Three-Minute Hamlet." The latter employed a rather intriguing
surfance with trap doors which heads would pop out of and render the entire
plot in frantic fractylic crystal precision.

--Michael Prince

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From:           Matthew Bibb <
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Date:           Tuesday, 22 Oct 96 11:22:31 PST
Subject:        Re: Hamlet Parody

Shannon,

I'm guessing that the play you're looking for is Tom Stoppard's "The
Fifteen-Minute Hamlet". I know that Sam French carries it, but if you don't
have one in your area you may have to write for it, as most booksellers will
give you a blank stare if you mention it. Best of luck.

        Matt Bibb
        UCLA Shakespeare Performance Group

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From:           Norman J. Myers <
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Date:           Tuesday, 22 Oct 1996 14:37:24 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 7.0760  Qs: Hamlet Parody
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0760  Qs: Hamlet Parody

Are you thinking of Tom Stoppard's "Fifteen Minute Hamlet?"

Norman Myers
Bowling Green State University

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Date:           Tuesday, 22 Oct 1996 15:42:32 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 7.0760 Qs: Hamlet Parody
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0760 Qs: Hamlet Parody

To Shannon Murray, who was looking for the abbreviated Hamlet, There's one
called the "Skinhead Hamlet" that is roughly twelve minutes and a comic
adaptation (it's not as bad as the title describes).  It's referenced to in
Norrie Epstein's book _The Friendly Shakespeare_.  I'm not sure how to get a
hold of it, but that might be the one you're looking for.

Ian

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From:           Stephen Neville <
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Date:           Tuesday, 22 Oct 1996 16:08:41 -0400
Subject: 7.0760 Q: Hamlet Parody
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0760 Q: Hamlet Parody

I wonder if you are refering to The Reduced Shakespeare Company  who perform
'The Complete Works of Shakespeare' (Abridged) - All 37 plays in 97 minutes? I
saw them at the Repertory Theatre in Birmingham (England) earlier this year.
Hamlet, however, took rather longer than twelve minutes, it took the entire
second half of their act. But they did do it about three or four times.
Backwards was hilarious. The Reduced Shakespeare Company is made up of three
American actors. They are currently appearing at the Criterion Theatre,
Piccadilly London SW1 tel 0171 369 1747.

They do Othello as a rap, and all the 'royal' plays as an American football
game.They also do the 'Complete History of America (Abridged) one night a week.

Regards
Stephen Neville

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Date:           Tuesday, 22 Oct 1996 16:21:06 +0200 (IST)
Subject: 7.0760 Qs: Hamlet Parody
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0760 Qs: Hamlet Parody

That would be the Fifteen Minute Hamlet by Tom Stoppard.  Very funny piece.
Good luck with it.

Jodi Clark
Emerson College
Theatre Education Grad. Program

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Date:           Tuesday, 22 Oct 1996 20:27:56 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 7.0760  Qs: Hamlet Parody
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0760  Qs: Hamlet Parody

Shannon -

The parody is called "The Fifteen Minute Hamlet" by Tom Stoppard and available
through Samuel French.  It is printed in Great Britain by Latimer Trend and
Company, Ltd., Plymouth.  That's all I know. Serendipitously, a copy of this
little gem just crossed my desk two days ago, and lo, here is your post today.
Enjoy.

Marcia

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From:           Tom Clayton <
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Date:           Tuesday, 22 Oct 1996 20:30:20
Subject: 7.0760  Qs: Hamlet Parody
Comment:        RE: SHK 7.0760  Qs: Hamlet Parody

I don't know a 12-minute *Hamlet*, but Tom Stoppard's *Dogg's Hamlet* (1979)
conflates *Dogg's Our Pet* with *The Dogg's Troupe 15-minute Hamlet*, and the
Faber (1980) edition of *Dogg's Hamlet, Cahoot's Macbeth* also the hilarious
1-minute Encore.

Tom C

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Date:           Tuesday, 22 Oct 1996 16:43:41 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: 7.060 and 7.0756 Stoppard and Quayle
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.060 and 7.0756 Stoppard and Quayle

Shannon Murray may be thinking of Tom Stoppard's (very funny indeed) *The
Fifteen-Minute Hamlet*, which was published by Samuel French back in 1976.

I'd also like to say a word in defense of Anthony Quayle's Falstaff for the BBC
*1 Henry IV*, despite the disappointment expressed by my friend Charlie Ross.
Quayle's performance makes the production valuable not so much as an
achievement in Shakespeare-for-Video but rather as a quasi-document in stage
history; it preserves, to some degree, the radical reworking of the character
Quayle offered in 1951, as part of the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre's staging
of the Henriad *as* a cycle. In some of the exchanges between this Falstaff and
David Gwillim's Hal, there are distant echoes of what transpired between Quayle
and the 1951 Hal crafted by Richard Burton.  Scott McMillin's study of the play
for the Manchester UP Shakespeare in Performance series provides very useful
background and commentary concerning both productions.

Stephen M. Buhler

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Date:           Wednesday, 23 Oct 1996 10:44:44 +0200 (MESZ)
Subject: 7.0760 Qs: Hamlet Parody
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0760 Qs: Hamlet Parody

Dear Shannon Murray,

You may be thinking of Tom Stoppard's Fifteen-Minute Hamlet (with a one-minute
Hamlet as the encore...)

Yours, Peter

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From:           Alec Wild <
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Date:           Wednesday, 23 Oct 96 00:28:58 -0400
Subject: 7.0760  Qs: Hamlet Parody
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0760  Qs: Hamlet Parody

The Hamlet Parody of which you speak is probably "The Skinhead Hamlet," by
Richard Curtis. I found it in a book entitled "The Faber Book of Parodies,"
edited by Simon Brett.

Regards,
Alec Wild

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From:           Surajit A. Bose <
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Date:           Tuesday, 22 Oct 1996 22:42:50 -0500
Subject: 7.0760 Qs: Hamlet Parody
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0760 Qs: Hamlet Parody

Tom Stoppard's <italic>Dogg's Hamlet</italic> includes a fifteen-minute Hamlet
with a two-minute encore. Is this the one of which you're thinking?

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Date:           Tuesday, 22 Oct 96 21:26:07 -0500
Subject: 7.0760  Qs: Hamlet Parody
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0760  Qs: Hamlet Parody

Tom Stoppard is the author of _The Fifteen Minute Hamlet_. It's good fun!

--Chris Gordon
 

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