The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.2226 Thursday, 16 December 1999.
Date: Wednesday, 15 Dec 1999 11:46:53 EST
Subject: 10.2215 Re: Q1 Hamlet
Comment: Re: SHK 10.2215 Re: Q1 Hamlet
<John Briggs wrote,
<I am a bit perturbed by the "based on": is it the first quarto text or
According to Jonathon Holloway, the director of the Red Shift Theatre
Company's "'Hamlet: First Cut," the production is "using the first
quarto in the Harvester edition, and we are sticking very carefully to
the text. We have made some cuts, but not many, and have not introduced
any padding material from other versions of the text."
The reviews so far have been very positive, or, (I am quoting Holloway
again) "near ecstatic.
The company has a web-site; www.rstc.dircon.co.uk
I hope this helps.
To Nicolas Pullin:
Ah, but you are wrong Mr. Pullin. I saw you as Claudius in "Hamlet, Bad
Quarto, Good Play?" last April at Loyola University in Chicago. The
production was very well done and the comparison scenes were invaluable
to me. A large part of my dissertation on Q1 Hamlet has to do with
recent theatrical productions using the Q1 text, and your production is
described in detail. The time you and your fellow actors (players?) and
Professor Worthen spent in discussion/questions/answer periods was
fascinating, and more helpful to me than I can tell you in this message.
I am hoping that the paper I have spun off of that chapter will soon be
in print with the cast and content of your production highlighted.
Thank you very much for bringing theater and scholarship together.
Something that should be done more often.
Northern Illinois University