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Nahum Tate and Co
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1781  Friday, 12 September 2003

From:           Colin Cox <
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Date:           Thursday, 11 Sep 2003 11:36:24 -0700
Subject: 14.1773 Nahum Tate and Co
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1773 Nahum Tate and Co

To add some food to Jan Pick's thought:

I would be interested in views of why Tate and co are so derided for
rewriting Shakespeare to fit with the demands and expectations of their
audience and to make them relevant as it seems modern directors are
admired for it!

I have always preferred Otway's/Cibber's/Garrick's ending to Romeo &
Juliet; I wish William had been around to write the verse though. It is
a devise I also employ; though a little less obviously than Garrick's:

Juliet:     And did I wake for this?

It never fails to cause a stir in the audience, especially a young one,
to think that the plan might have worked.

However, unlike Garrick, I have never cut the references to Rosaline. No
eighteenth century need to have perfect heroes any more!

By the way, maybe of interest, it was Charlotte Cushman playing Romeo
opposite her sister Sarah who finally managed to banish Garrick and
return us to William's ending. Now there's another thread - the amazing
array of actresses that have played Romeo down through the ages.

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