The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0040 Tuesday, 9 January 2001
Date: Monday, 8 Jan 2001 09:30:37 -0600 (CST)
Subject: 12.0035 Re: Shakespeare The Player
Comment: Re: SHK 12.0035 Re: Shakespeare The Player
> >Admittedly, there is no hard evidence to prove
> > what Shakespeare played in ANY of his plays, but some
> > traditions (like
> > the Ghost and Prince Escalus in R&J) seem likely. One
> > thing that does
> > seem certain is that he never took a leading role.
> Why does it seem certain that Shakespeare never took a leading role in
> any of his plays? I know Burbage was generally the lead, but how can we
> be certain Shakespeare never took a lead. Southworth, in his new book,
> argues that Shakespeare played Henry VI and HENRY IV, although he
> doesn't offer much evidence, and those are not really lead roles.
Maybe cause he was so busy with other matters. I once heard, couldn't
verify he played Prospero, which seems fit and appropriate.