Make a Donation

Consider making a donation to support SHAKSPER.

Subscribe to Our Feeds

Current Postings RSS

Announcements RSS

Home :: Archive :: 2001 :: June ::
King John's Boys
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1335  Sunday, 3 June 2001

From:           Graham Hall <
 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 >
Date:           Friday, 01 Jun 2001 18:51:01 -0000
Subject:        King John's Boys

The current KJ at the Swan substitutes the boy actor playing Arthur for
a mannequin in a wig and throws it off the "walls" (4.3). This may well
be to meet the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act or to
avoid complaints from the lad's mother. Using a live boy every
performance in times past would substantiate John Jowett's theory
regarding shortages of boy actors however.

During the performance I attended, a member of the audience remarked
(loudly) as the dummy plummeted to the stage, "Hopefully, that was the
director." This was not an opinion to which I fully subscribed although
there were the odd moments during the performance when I would have been
sympathetic to the wish.

All in all they made a good fist of it.

_______________________________________________________________
S H A K S P E R: The Global Shakespeare Discussion List
Hardy M. Cook, 
 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
The S H A K S P E R Webpage <http://ws.bowiestate.edu>
 

Other Messages In This Thread

©2011 Hardy Cook. All rights reserved.