The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0424 Wednesday, 1 March 2000.
From: Mary Jane Miller <
Date: Monday, 28 Feb 2000 13:00:00 -0500
Subject: 11.0327 Re: Stage Combat
Comment: Re: SHK 11.0327 Re: Stage Combat
As I understand the scene, Hamlet is wounded, therefore the point is
unbated and he knows it . He wants the other sword. He forces the issue
and gets it. I like Olivier's staging when he forces Laertes to the
ground, steps on his foil and forces the exchange by handing him his own
bated foil -- but other ways also work. No double disarm is needed.
Hamlet is already ahead on points when Laertes stabs him and fuelled by
rage controls the final bout. [I'm not fond of the Olivier but no one
did the duel better.]
What I am not sure about is what difference the change of the actual
weapons used as signified in the difference between F1 edition and the
Q. Perhaps someone could tell me?