The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0751 Thursday, 31 August 2006
Date: Tuesday, 29 Aug 2006 17:10:05 -0700
Subject: Chorus in R&J
I have run across a wikipedia.com article about the Greek Chorus that
states "Use of the chorus can be seen not only in ancient Greek
tragedies, but also in more recent works such as Shakespeare's Romeo and
Juliet, the musical/film Little Shop of Horrors and Leonard Bernstein's
one-act opera Trouble in Tahiti."
I realize that wikipedia is not the most prestigious or reliable of
resources, but the idea confused and intrigued me. The only thing I can
find that they could possibly mean is the Prologue speech.
I am wondering if anyone here would agree that that speech serves a
similar purpose to the chorus in a Greek tragedy. I would have thought
the chorus in Henry V would have been a more appropriate example. As I
teach both Greek and Shakespeare plays in my theatre program, as well as
musical theatre, I would love to draw some correlations, but the R&J
link had never occurred to me.
Thanks in advance,
Susan St. John
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