The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1725 Tuesday, 12 September 2000.
From: Mike Jensen <
Date: Monday, 11 Sep 2000 11:08:35 -0700
Subject: Re: Hamlet Interval
Comment: SHK 11.1678 Re: Hamlet Interval
Sorry to be so late with an addition to this post, but I've been in
Ashland, Oregon watching their new production of Hamlet, which also
places the interval in an odd place, after the "Now can I drink hot
blood." speech, but before Hamlet encounters Claudius praying.
It is especially odd since it tends to underline the impression that
Hamlet has been delaying, though the excellent program note my
listmember Bernice W. Kliman points out that is something of a false
impression and mentions other aspects of the play that warrant deeper
It seems worth mentioning that the actor playing Hamlet tends to be over
the top in all his performances - and I seen him a dozen time or more.
His rant as he told the players to follow the modesty of nature was
unintentionally hilarious, though I was the only one who laughed.
That's OK. I still think I am right.
All the best,