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Re: Hall's Editions
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2399  Friday, 19 October 2001

[1]     From:   Paul E. Doniger <
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        Date:   Thursday, 18 Oct 2001 22:48:53 -0400
        Subj:   SHK 12.2389 Hall's Editions

[2]     From:   Stephen Dobbin <
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        Date:   Friday, 19 Oct 2001 09:23:43 +0100 (BST)
        Subj:   Hall's editions


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From:           Paul E. Doniger <
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Date:           Thursday, 18 Oct 2001 22:48:53 -0400
Subject: Hall's Editions
Comment:        SHK 12.2389 Hall's Editions

Stephen Dobbin's comments regarding the Penguin or the Arden editions as
acting editions ring true:

>1. Penguin was smaller than the Arden, so easier to hold in your hand
> during rehearsals and to shove in your pocket or down your trouser front
> when you needed both hands for blinding Gloucester, etc.

Yes, or be stabbed by murderers and return as a ghost; or to play a
musical instrument while singing to Orsino and Viola.

> 2. The notes were at the back, so there was more text on the page with
> the result that you weren't turning pages so often. (Try rehearsing from
> the Arden Hamlet if you don't think this is a valid reason!!)
>
> 3. It was cheaper than the Arden (Management decision).

We did the exact same thing at CSC (now called Classic Stage Company) in
the '60s and '70s (NYC). Some of us loonies, who insisted on researching
their roles, would use Arden and Variorum editions to study from (at
home). The real die-hards, like myself, also checked Abbott's grammar.

I still have a warm spot in my heart for those cozy Penguin scripts
(it's strictly subjective).

Paul E. Doniger

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From:           Stephen Dobbin <
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Date:           Friday, 19 Oct 2001 09:23:43 +0100 (BST)
Subject:        Hall's editions

Sorry, faulty memory: a quick amendment.

Checking through my bookshelves I realise that during the late 70's the
RSC also used the 'New Shakespeare' editions from Cambridge University
Press. (Red covers with a design of a 'scribbled' Shakespeare head.)

Indeed, the first two shows I worked on for the RSC, Tempest and Love's
Labours Lost, used these additions.  The stickers on them show they were
ordered direct from CUP and were then priced at 

 

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