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Singing from the Same Hymn Sheet
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1917  Tuesday, 31 July 2001

From:           Graham Hall <
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Date:           Monday, 30 Jul 2001 20:07:17 +0000
Subject: 12.1904 Singing from the Same Hymn Sheet
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1904 Singing from the Same Hymn Sheet

>From: Jack Heller
> [...]
But how much cutting takes
>out too much of a play?
> [...]

I respond:

An additional imposition to much cutting is to then pad out the play
with songs, nonsense business and ludicrous protracted scene changes
that involve the placing and removal of more props than are in the
average coal mine.

If anyone in a particular current Oxford Company is reading this and
feels that the cap fits perhaps they will wear it. It may explain why
the auditorium has been so empty recently in one of this year's offering
as audiences "don't seem to like it."

My rule of thumb is that if more than 20% of the text has gone, more
than one minor sub-plot is taken out, and trippling applies to more than
two actors then it isn't Shakespeare and the programme should have the
decency to say that the production is "adapted from".

Sorry!

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