The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.2019 Friday, 26 November 2004
Date: Thursday, 25 Nov 2004 07:50:21 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 15.2016 Real Hamlet
Comment: Re: SHK 15.2016 Real Hamlet
I agree with you that in general subtexts and subtleties remain and
should remain buried rather than form the majority of a performance. But
Shakespeare presents an interesting exception (and Hamlet even more so).
Some of the plays and characters are so well known, their actions so
expected and recognized, that playing "against type" doesn't create only
caricature. Instead, it allows audiences to learn something about their
own expectations and reveals levels of the text
(script/performance/character) that are usually hidden. I'm not saying
this always works, but I am saying that by now Shakespeare does not
always have to be played straight.
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