The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0065 Wednesday, 18 February 2009
Date: Monday, 02 Feb 2009 14:57:27 -0500
Subject: 20.0053 Real Skull Used for RSC's 'Hamlet'
Comment: Re: SHK 20.0053 Real Skull Used for RSC's 'Hamlet'
>It may be easier *now*, but it is generally accepted (e.g. by
>Simon Palfrey & Tiffany Stern, Shakespeare in Parts, 2007)
>that in the original productions anything written on a letter,
>etc, was read and *not* memorised - not least because of
>the number of plays in the repertory. All in all, it's probably
>not a good idea to think too much about an author's "intention".
I suppose this must interact somehow with the general English-language
rule that stage letters are usually prose, or occasionally rhymed, but
are never in blank verse.
John W Kennedy
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