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Merry Wives of Windsor and Falstaff
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0608  Friday, 5 March 2004

[1]     From:   D Bloom <
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        Date:   Thursday, 4 Mar 2004 07:43:10 -0600
        Subj:   RE: SHK 15.0603 Merry Wives of Windsor and Falstaff

[2]     From:   Edward Brown <
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        Date:   Thursday, 04 Mar 2004 08:06:59 -0600
        Subj:   RE: SHK 15.0603 Merry Wives of Windsor and Falstaff


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From:           D Bloom <
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Date:           Thursday, 4 Mar 2004 07:43:10 -0600
Subject: 15.0603 Merry Wives of Windsor and Falstaff
Comment:        RE: SHK 15.0603 Merry Wives of Windsor and Falstaff

From: Terence Hawkes

"Our experts have discovered that Falstaff's obesity can readily be
rendered by the judicious strapping of copies of the Norton Facsimile of
the First Folio to appropriate areas of the actor's body.  In the
absence of air-conditioning, the paper's absorbent quality is always a
welcome feature. The resourceful performer quickly learns to incorporate
its rustling into quips, gestures and a range of amusing 'business'."

And, of course, if he forgets his lines he can always rip open his
costume, pull out a copy and find the appropriate place in the text. (He
should have his speeches pre-marked with paper clips.) Replacing the
volume requires a fair amount of dexterity, however, so it is usually
simply handed over to Robin, who can toss it off-stage, begin to peruse
it, or sit down on it as the director's whim directs.

Cheers
don

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From:           Edward Brown <
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Date:           Thursday, 04 Mar 2004 08:06:59 -0600
Subject: 15.0603 Merry Wives of Windsor and Falstaff
Comment:        RE: SHK 15.0603 Merry Wives of Windsor and Falstaff

I believe Anthony Quayle tried that method, and is consequently
preserved for the ages in papier mache.

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