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Gambon as Falstaff
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0979  Tuesday, 24 May 2005

From:           Holger Schott Syme <
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Date:           Tuesday, 24 May 2005 00:14:35 -0400
Subject: 16.0966 Gambon as Falstaff
Comment:        RE: SHK 16.0966 Gambon as Falstaff

Bill Lloyd wrote

 >Lowin joined the King's Men in 1603 and was probably the original Sir Pol
 >in Volpone [1606] and Sir Epicure in Alchemist [1610]-- at least he was
 >playing these foolish knights by 1615<>1620. Also, his girth well fitted
 >him for the part. [...] And Heminge, while he seems to have played old
 >men, is not associated with corpulent parts-- we know he played the
 >cadaverous Corbacchio in Volpone, and suspect he played Polonius and
 >Julius Caesar.

I hate to keep wearing my skeptical hat around here, but how exactly do
we know any of this? Does the info on Lowin in 1615/20 come from the
Riddell copy of Jonson's works? Surely he didn't have sufficient clout
in 1606/10 yet to land such major roles? And how do we know what parts
Heminge played?  He's listed as one of the actors in the "principal
comedians" of Jonson's folio, but not associated with any particular
part. Nungezer doesn't offer nay of this information, neither as
speculation nor as fact.

Intrigued but doubtful,
Holger

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