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Re: Origin of Joke
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0992  Tuesday, 9 May 2000.

[1]     From:   Ed Taft <
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        Date:   Monday, 08 May 2000 13:09:19 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Joke

[2]     From:   Melissa D. Aaron <
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        Date:   Monday, 08 May 2000 11:44:28 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.0987 Origin of Joke

[3]     From:   Richard Stille <
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        Date:   Monday, 8 May 2000 21:28:48 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.0987 Origin of Joke


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From:           Ed Taft <
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Date:           Monday, 08 May 2000 13:09:19 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:        Joke

Dianne Hunter's joke just goes to show that "sleep" is an important
motif in Hamlet.

--Ed Taft

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From:           Melissa D. Aaron <
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Date:           Monday, 08 May 2000 11:44:28 -0700
Subject: 11.0987 Origin of Joke
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.0987 Origin of Joke

>This is to ask the name of the director who is credited with having
>replied to the question, "Was Hamlet sleeping with Ophelia?" with "In my
>company always,...when he wasn't sleeping with Horatio."
>
>Also: If this anecdote is documented, where might I find it?

I think this is actually a version of John Barrymore's reply to the same
question:  "Only in the Chicago company."

Melissa D. Aaron
Dept. of English and Foreign Languages
California Polytechnic State University at Pomona

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From:           Richard Stille <
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Date:           Monday, 8 May 2000 21:28:48 -0700
Subject: 11.0987 Origin of Joke
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.0987 Origin of Joke

John Barrymore was asked in an interview after his London opening of his
1924 Hamlet originally done in NYC, if Hamlet was sleeping with Ophelia,
and, if I remember the city correctly (I could be wrong on the city), he
replied "Only in the Chicago company"

Richard Stille
 

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