The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1679 Tuesday, 23 July 2002
Date: Monday, 22 Jul 2002 12:23:51 -0400
Subject: 13.1669 Re: Her C's . . .
Comment: Re: SHK 13.1669 Re: Her C's . . .
I read recently that Malvolio was played by/written for Burbage. I'm a
little embarrassed to say that the source was Barry Kraft's After-Dinner
Shakespeare, a set of quiz cards I keep in my bathroom (for people to
play with when they're making their great P's). Is there a more citable
source for this assertion? It seems to me that modern productions
usually cast actors one wouldn't expect to see playing Hamlet or Othello
in the part. I can't see Olivier, Gielgud or Branagh doing it. Even when
Olivier did Shylock, he made him far more dignified than he probably
appeared on the Elizabethan stage. Does this role indicate a level of
self-satire on the part of the great tragedian?
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