The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1335 Sunday, 3 June 2001
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.
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