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Shakespeare as Falstaff
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0774  Saturday, 24 November 2007

From:		John Briggs <
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Date:		Tuesday, 13 Nov 2007 19:55:35 -0000
Subject: 18.0765 Shakespeare as Falstaff
Comment:	Re: SHK 18.0765 Shakespeare as Falstaff

Larry Weiss wrote:

 >I thought it is generally believed that Heminges played Polonius and
 >Shakespeare played the Ghost (maybe doubling as Player King).

Those beliefs are not based on too much that is solid. I am suggesting 
that Heminges only later took over roles that had been first played by 
Shakespeare himself.

 >As for the possible puns in Falstaff's name, let us not overlook the
 >phallic one.

That pun is also all too obvious in the name "Shakespeare".

Dan Venning wrote:

 >Having dramaturged THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, I
 >definitely feel that while Falstaff is the largest role, the
 >leading role of that play is actually Master Ford.

It is "generally believed" (to coin a phrase) that Ford was played by 
Richard Burbage.

John Briggs

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