The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0818 Saturday, 8 December 2007
From: William Sutton <
Date: Friday, 7 Dec 2007 04:39:05 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 18.0807 Understudies
Comment: Re: SHK 18.0807 Understudies
Are any of these parts extant?
A roll manipulated by an actor's hand?
How big are they?
How manipulated whilst acting?
Did the actors need a magician's dexterity?
Does 18th Century theatrical tradition/practice have any bearing on the
Elizabethan Jacobean practice? This tale of Bulloc's and all that, does
it show the inextricability of actor and role at the expense of the
play? Does it stand up to common Jacobethan practice?
'Sorry no Hamlet today, Burbage has the flu, and he's got his part with
him. No not even a stand in i'm afraid, his is the only part.'
Would you want to be the one to have give the groundlings their pennies
So these parts, do actors get to take them home? Which begs the answers
to the question of its location such as the dog ate it, my wife sat on
it, I just forgot etc.
Or are they kept at the theatre? Which begs a whole other series of
We don't really know do we?
Hoping for elucidation from Simon Palfrey and Tiffany Stern's new book.
I wish you'd given the Tarleton anecdote Bill. p.51. All right I'll buy
the book already.
In the name of will,
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