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Re: Skinhead Hamlet
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0508  Thursday, 21 February 2002

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        Date:           Wednesday, 20 Feb 2002 10:33:11 -0500
        Subj:           Re: SHK 13.0492 Re: Skinhead Hamlet

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        Date:           Wednesday, 20 Feb 2002 16:03:32 +0000
        Subj:           Re: SHK 13.0492 Re: Skinhead Hamlet

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        Date:           Wednesday, 20 Feb 2002 17:38:00 -0000
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        Date:           Wednesday, 20 Feb 2002 13:07:32 -0500
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        Date:           Thursday, 21 Feb 2002 11:35:47 +1100
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        Date:           Wednesday, 20 Feb 2002 23:05:35 -0600
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From:           Hannibal Hamlin <
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Date:           Wednesday, 20 Feb 2002 10:33:11 -0500
Subject: 13.0492 Re: Skinhead Hamlet
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0492 Re: Skinhead Hamlet

I too have always heard that Skinhead Hamlet (I have only ever seen one)
was written by Richard Curtis, though most of the websites don't
attribute it to him.  I believe a colleague once told me it was
published in an anthology of parodies, but I don't know which one.
Richard Curtis, for those of you who don't know him, is the writer of
(among other titles) the films Bridget Jones's Diary, Notting Hill, and
Four Weddings and a Funeral, and the TV series Blackadder, Mr. Bean, and
Not the Nine O'Clock News.   A side note -- my wife remarked the other
day that if Shakespeare were alive today, he'd probably be a
screenwriter, and that the screenwriter has much the same status in our
culture as a playwright did in Shakespeare's.  They do wonderful work,
are hugely popular and widely acclaimed, but nobody knows who they are
(and they certainly don't get the big bucks).  It's an interesting
thought.

Hannibal Hamlin

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Date:           Wednesday, 20 Feb 2002 16:03:32 +0000
Subject: 13.0492 Re: Skinhead Hamlet
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0492 Re: Skinhead Hamlet

>-- This seems to imply that someone called Richard Curtis wrote the
>text. Anyone clarify this?  Or am I (mis)remembering a totally different
>Skinhead Hamlet?)

There is a copy of the Skinhead Hamlet in The Faber Book of Parodies. It
is by Richard Curtis and acknowledgements are to 'Not 1982' (Faber &
Faber).

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Date:           Wednesday, 20 Feb 2002 17:38:00 -0000
Subject: 13.0492 Re: Skinhead Hamlet
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0492 Re: Skinhead Hamlet

Richard Curtis is perhaps best known as one of the scriptwriters of the
TV series Blackadder. The series had lots of fun in its first two
seasons with Shakespearean and other early-modern drama, so I guess it
would not be surprising to find him to be the author of said "Skinhead
Hamlet".

m

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Date:           Wednesday, 20 Feb 2002 13:07:32 -0500
Subject: Re: Skinhead Hamlet
Comment:        SHK 13.0492 Re: Skinhead Hamlet

Richard Curtis wrote 'The Skinhead Hamlet'.  The full text appears in
Simon Brett (ed) 'The Faber Book of Parodies' (London: Faber 1984)
pp.316-20.  It is reprinted from 'Not 1982' (London: Faber 1982).

Terence Hawkes

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Date:           Thursday, 21 Feb 2002 11:35:47 +1100
Subject: 13.0492 Re: Skinhead Hamlet
Comment:        RE: SHK 13.0492 Re: Skinhead Hamlet

A performance of the Skinhead Hamlet was our pre-dinner entertainment at
the recent Australia-New Zealand Shakespeare Association biennial
conference in Launceston, Tasmania.  A local vineyard provided an
incongruously sylvan setting for the rendition by students from the
Performing Arts school.

This is not, it has to be said, the first performance of the piece at an
ANZSA conference.  A number of Shakespeare luminaries gave a rendition
at the 1994 conference, again at the dinner.  On that occasion the
conference delegates took over half of a restaurant in Fremantle; the
diners in the other room looked somewhat disturbed at the shenanigans in
the upper section.  I am not sure whether they would have been reassured
to know they were listening to a dozen or so distinguished academics!

Rob O'Connor

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Date:           Wednesday, 20 Feb 2002 23:05:35 -0600
Subject:        Skinhead Hamlet

By coincidence I heard today about a Hamlet sequence in a film called
"Total Recall" starring Arnold Schwartzeneger.  Can anyone fill me in on
this?  My interlocutor says the film was awful but the Hamlet sequence
was wonderful.

Thanks for info and opinions.

jwv

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