The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1147 Friday, 26 April 2002
Date: Thursday, 25 Apr 2002 12:57:41 -0400
Subject: 13.1039 Re: Billy Connolly at The Globe
Comment: Re: SHK 13.1039 Re: Billy Connolly at The Globe
I'm curious how you would translate "breaking-up" and "first cut" in
this quote. The latter seems to me to imply that plays (particularly
tragedies?) were customarily revised like a suit of clothes by a tailor.
Would playgoers then follow the tailoring process, returning to the same
play periodically, or would they prefer just to wait for the finished
product? Does "breaking-up" mean breaking down the set after a final
performance, or does it refer to revelry?
> Then after dinner he must venture beyond sea, that is, in a choice pain
> of nobelmen's oars, to the Bankside, where he must sit out the
> breaking-up of a comedy, or the first cut of a tragedy, or rather, if
> his humour so serve him, to call in at the Blackfriars . . .
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