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Renaming Shakespeare's Plays
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1935  Friday, 3 October 2003

[1]     From:   Russell MacKenzie Fehr <
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        Date:   Thursday, 2 Oct 2003 10:16:22 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.1926 Renaming Shakespeare's Plays

[2]     From:   Bob Grumman <
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        Date:   Thursday, 2 Oct 2003 16:26:17 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.1926 Renaming Shakespeare's Plays


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From:           Russell MacKenzie Fehr <
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Date:           Thursday, 2 Oct 2003 10:16:22 EDT
Subject: 14.1926 Renaming Shakespeare's Plays
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1926 Renaming Shakespeare's Plays

The only new title that I know that Charles I gave was to Much Ado About
Nothing, which he titled "Beatrice and Benedick".

(Source: The Riverside Shakespeare, pg.327, first edition)

Russell MacKenzie Fehr

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From:           Bob Grumman <
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Date:           Thursday, 2 Oct 2003 16:26:17 -0400
Subject: 14.1926 Renaming Shakespeare's Plays
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1926 Renaming Shakespeare's Plays

There's a new Stuart exhibit at Windsor Castle that includes, it says
here, "Charles I's own copy of Shakespeare's Comedies, Histories and
Tragedies (1632), with the king's annotations and his suggestions for
new titles for the bard's plays."
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2003/09/25/nstu25.xml&s
Sheet=/news/2003/09/25/ixhome.html

Now this is an interesting idea that a columnist should have seized on
immediately.  First of all, what were Charles' suggested new titles?

Perhaps along these lines:
--Henry V:  Hoorah for the King!

My title for this play would be The Death of Falstaff.

--Bob G.

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