The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1356 Monday, 22 August 2005
From: Brad Berens <
Date: Friday, 19 Aug 2005 06:17:18 -0700
Subject: 16.1346 Old Fat Hamlet?
Comment: Re: SHK 16.1346 Old Fat Hamlet?
Since the magic of theater allows us to believe that boys are women,
white men are moors, peasants are kings and humans are fairies, I see no
reason to doubt that early modern audiences could accept a 37 year old
man who weighed in a 235 pounds as a young prince. Just look at
Olivier's "Hamlet," where the prince is decades older than Gertrude, but
you probably won't notice unless somebody tells you, as I just did.
Question: Has anything replaced G.C.D. Odell's "Shakespeare from
Betterton to Irving" as a guide to what was going on from the
restoration to the early part of the 20th century? I adore Michael
Dobson's "The Making of the National Poet," but it's hardly that sort of
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