The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0223 Tuesday, 9 February 1999.
Date: Tuesday, 9 Feb 1999 22:32:38 +1300
Subject: Re: Touchstone
Reading the introduction to the screenplay of Much Ado About Nothing, I
was somewhat astonished to see Branagh's description of Touchstone as
"one of the great unfunny Shakespearean clowns."
Since I cannot ask Branagh himself, I wondered if there were others -
especially those with experience of As You Like It in performance - who
agree with this. When I directed AYLI several years ago, our Touchstone
was brilliantly funny, and brought the house down at every performance.