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Re: Billy Connolly at The Globe
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1147  Friday, 26 April 2002

From:           Clifford Stetner <
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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

Jack Heller:

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?

Clifford

> 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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