The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1961 Thursday, 9 August 2001
Date: Tuesday, 07 Aug 2001 11:52:45 -0400
Subject: Re: Stratford Ontario's 50th
Mary Jane Miller writes, "William Hutt was the best Fool I have ever
seen. He played him as an aging old school chum and hanger on."
I wish I had seen Hutt do the part. I did see William Hutt play
Falstaff in _Merry Wives_ at Stratford, Ontario, in the early 80s. Hutt
was, quite simply, the best Falstaff I had ever seen. He slowed down his
delivery and rendered F's prose rhythmically: the result was that the
audience could understand every word. And he played Falstaff as man who
knows that he is mirth, and the source of mirth in others. This Falstaff
expected to have jokes played on him, and was good-natured about -- and
rather resigned to -- his inevitable comeuppance. In short, he was
Anyone for forming a William Hutt fan club?
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