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Re: Beale Hamlet
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0915  Tuesday, 24 April 2001

[1]     From:   William Proctor Williams <
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        Date:   Monday, 23 Apr 2001 08:55:44 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.0908 Re: Beale Hamlet

[2]     From:   Karen Peterson-Kranz <
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        Date:   Monday, 23 Apr 2001 08:03:08 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.0908 Re: Beale Hamlet

[3]     From:   Geralyn Horton <
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        Date:   Monday, 23 Apr 2001 11:57:12 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.0908 Re: Beale Hamlet

[4]     From:   Steve Roth <
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        Date:   Monday, 23 Apr 2001 08:22:04 -0700
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From:           William Proctor Williams <
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Date:           Monday, 23 Apr 2001 08:55:44 -0400
Subject: 12.0908 Re: Beale Hamlet
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0908 Re: Beale Hamlet

Charles Weinstein's comments on Beale's Hamlet are in rather marked
contrast to its reception in the UK where it was praised.  I saw it at
the National and agreed with the critics.  Perhaps productions change
when they cross the Atlantic, or perhaps the audiences are different on
the western side of the Atlantic.

William Proctor Williams

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From:           Karen Peterson-Kranz <
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Date:           Monday, 23 Apr 2001 08:03:08 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 12.0908 Re: Beale Hamlet
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0908 Re: Beale Hamlet

In today's final plenary session of the World Shakespeare Congress in
Valencia, critic Michael Coveney referred in passing to Beale's
interpretation.  This was in the context of his discussion of the late
Sir John Gielgud ("John Gielgud: Tradition, Magic, and Continuity in the
Modern Shakespearian Theatre").

Coveney suggested that Beale's performance might be a candidate for this
generation's reinvention of *Hamlet*.  Having not yet seen the
production yet, I can't comment on the accuracy of his implication, but
thought it might be of interest in the current thread.

Cheers,
Karen E. Peterson

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From:           Geralyn Horton <
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Date:           Monday, 23 Apr 2001 11:57:12 -0400
Subject: 12.0908 Re: Beale Hamlet
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0908 Re: Beale Hamlet

>Burbage is said to have weighed
>17 stn, and Gertrude comments on this in V.ii.287(Riv) ("He's fat and
>scant of breath.).  I suspect that this line, like the V.i
>interpolations to fix Hamlet's age at 30, were included to assure the
>audience that Burbage was not miscast.

It isn't quite enough: Beale, who is said to be forty, looks fifty-- at
least as old as Polonius and Claudius and twice the apparent age of
schoolfellows R & G.   If makeup was used, it must have been to
underline rather than erase this effect.  It may well be a "He aged
twenty years overnight" effect, a visual assurance that Hamlet's youth
is fallen victim to the usurpation.

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From:           Steve Roth <
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Date:           Monday, 23 Apr 2001 08:22:04 -0700
Subject: 12.0908 Re: Beale Hamlet
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0908 Re: Beale Hamlet

>Burbage is said to have weighed 17 stn

Can anyone give the source of this?

I've scoured Chambers with no success, but I know I've read this "fact?"
here and in "reputable" biographies.

Thanks,
Steve
http://princehamlet.com
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