The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 22.0024 Thursday, 27 January 2011
Date: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 3:31:41 AM ET
Does anyone know of any references in early modern drama or associated materials to the phenomenon now
known as "corpsing" where an actor becomes seized by laughter in the middle of a performance? There are
obvious places for playing games of this kind in Shakespeare, when Malvolio opens his letter and when
Falstaff abuses "the gunpowder Percy" for instance, but specific accounts are hard to come by.
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