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Re: Peter Brook's Hamlet
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1114  Monday, 14 May 2001

From:           Nicolas Pullin <
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Date:           Friday, 11 May 2001 15:51:40 -0500
Subject: Re: Peter Brook's Hamlet
Comment:        SHK 12.1095 Re: Peter Brook's Hamlet

HR Greenberg commented that "the ending as beginning [in Brook's Hamlet]
is about as far from the original as one could get".  But in many
revenge tragedies, Hamlet included, the da capo endings of cyclical
vengeance are often suggested.  For Hamlet, the repetition suggested is
metatheatrical, since Horatio calls for a new audience and a new "stage"
for his retelling of Hamlet's story.  To have Horatio frame the action
makes perfect sense to me.

I must confess that this framework only confirmed my own ideas.  I am
about to direct Hamlet myself, in Fort Worth TX, and have cut down the
script mightily (to about the same length as Brook, though there will be
an intermission--and many fewer lengthy pauses), but have reversed
Brook's frame, taking Horatio's final audience address and repeating it
at the beginning.

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