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Shakespeare as Falstaff
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0811  Tuesday, 4 December 2007

[1] 	From:	Herb Weil <
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	Date:	Saturday, 01 Dec 2007 12:04:35 -0800
	Subj:	Re: SHK 18.0800 Shakespeare as Falstaff

[2] 	From:	Steve Sohmer <
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	Date:	Saturday, 1 Dec 2007 18:08:00 EST
	Subj:	Re: SHK 18.0800 Shakespeare as Falstaff


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From:		Herb Weil <
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Date:		Saturday, 01 Dec 2007 12:04:35 -0800
Subject: 18.0800 Shakespeare as Falstaff
Comment:	Re: SHK 18.0800 Shakespeare as Falstaff

"Maturing" in quotes certainly did not suggest biographic age, but the 
increasing skill in portraying complexity.

Why not just forget the word and question whether the leading actor 
played both parts? Then what part in Hamlet would the player of Falstaff 
take?

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From:		Steve Sohmer <
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Date:		Saturday, 1 Dec 2007 18:08:00 EST
Subject: 18.0800 Shakespeare as Falstaff
Comment:	Re: SHK 18.0800 Shakespeare as Falstaff

In reply to the following ...

 >It  is widely accepted that the actor who played
 >Prince Hal "matured" to  play Hamlet.

John Briggs wrote:

 >I'm sorry, but I find this statement completely baffling. How  much
 >"maturing" is Richard Burbage likely to have done between 1597 (when  he
 >was 29 and played Prince Hal) and 1600 (when he was 32 and played 
Hamlet)?

Well, apparently he got fat.

Hope this helps.

Steve Sohmer

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