2006

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0036  Wednesday, 15 February 2006

From: 		Geoff Ridden <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Wednesday, 15 Feb 2006 09:38:06 -0000
Subject: 	Re-reading Hamlet

Two recent re-workings of Hamlet emphasise and re-configure the role of 
Polonius. Charlotte Jones's 2001 play Humble Boy and in Stephen 
Churchett's recent TV drama, screened in the UK last month, Lewis (think 
Inspector Morse) both use the plot of Hamlet, but replace Claudius as 
Gertrude's lover with the figure of Polonius. Is this a sign of the way 
in the twenty-first century might view the play?

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