The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0829. Friday, 8 August 1997.
Date: Thursday, 07 Aug 1997 07:20:08 +0000 (HELP)
Subject: 8.0828 Re: JC at the First Globe
Comment: Re: SHK 8.0828 Re: JC at the First Globe
The self-referentiality of the actor playing Polonius having appeared in
Shakespeare's theatre as Caesar is indeed further consolidation of
*Hamlet*'s theatrical metaphors. As Michael Bristol shows in his
intelligent, bravura *Big-Time Shakespeare* [Routledge, 1996], the
showbiz character of the plays makes the way clear for such naughty
things such as "Well done, old Mole; canst work i'th earth so fast?".
The technique, or bad habit, has always struck me as rather cheap, akin
to Red Skelton feigning break-up or performers tempted to poke their
heads around the scenery before the start of a play. But then, I've
always been insufficiently Brechtian, favouring consistent attempt at
rudimentary illusion from which only we may alienate ourselves as we