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Hamlet in Other Plays?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1130  Thursday, 27 May 2004

[1]     From:   Kimberly Woosley Poitevin <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 26 May 2004 08:12:37 -0500
        Subj:   RE: SHK 15.1121 Hamlet in Other Plays?

[2]     From:   John Reed <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 26 May 2004 21:28:55 -0700
        Subj:   Re: Hamlet in Other Plays

[3]     From:   Karma Sami <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 26 May 2004 23:39:31 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.1117 Hamlet in Other Plays?


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From:           Kimberly Woosley Poitevin <
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Date:           Wednesday, 26 May 2004 08:12:37 -0500
Subject: 15.1121 Hamlet in Other Plays?
Comment:        RE: SHK 15.1121 Hamlet in Other Plays?

Dario Fo's play Elizabeth: Almost by Chance a Woman sets up a conflict
between the Queen and Shakespeare revolving around the play Hamlet--
which Eliz. thinks is really about herself.

Kim Woosley Poitevin
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

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From:           John Reed <
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Date:           Wednesday, 26 May 2004 21:28:55 -0700
Subject:        Re: Hamlet in Other Plays

"For my advanced playwriting class, I would like my students to examine
how a story can be retold for the stage in different ways. I am
wondering if there has been one play by Shakespeare that has most
frequently been retold, either directly or peripherally, by other
writers *for the stage* "

I have the impression you are focusing on plays that are obviously
altered, so much so that they might carry a new title.  But when I
reread the above quotation, what strikes me is that any version of a
play by Shakespeare that is performed counts as a retelling, even ones
that are supposed to be the real thing, and have the same title.  At any
rate that is what intrigues me and what I muse about from time to time.

It would be nice to have something concrete to compare against, such as
a recording of an original performance (hah), but alas all I have in
that department is my own imaginings.  Still, just considering the
Spoken Text, there are at least a few interesting questions: 1) How much
of the Spoken Text is delivered as dialogue?  2)  How much of it is He
Speaks to Himself?  3)  How much of it is aside?  4) Why?  Then, 5) Any
lines added?  6) Any lines or words updated (beaver --> visor), and 7)
Any lines deleted?  8) Really, lines were deleted, why?

We are fetching up against convention here and there, so when comparing
(or trying to compare) versions of a play done as a play, as a movie,
and as an opera (Othello), how much of the performance is due to
Shakespeare, and how much to someone or something else?

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From:           Karma Sami <
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Date:           Wednesday, 26 May 2004 23:39:31 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 15.1117 Hamlet in Other Plays?
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1117 Hamlet in Other Plays?

Anyone interested in Hamletmacine by Heiner Muller? Anyway, Adaptations
of Shakespeare eds. Daniel Fischlin and Mark Fortier is a great
anthology in the field of adaptations.

Karma Sami
Ain Shams University
Cairo
Egypt

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