The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.032 Sunday, 29 January 2012
Date: January 27, 2012 2:58:34 PM EST
Subject: Re: SHAKSPER: Nichol Williamson
I saw Nichol Williamson in “I Hate Hamlet” in New York the night after the big event. It seems that the previous evening, Williamson had an extra drink or two and decided to slap one of the other players on the butt with the broadside of his sword. The affronted actor departed the stage, walked up the aisle and out the doors to the street. If memory serves the theater was on 44th or 6th a few doors off Times Square. The next night, the night I attended, there was some splainin to do, the understudy played and the show went on. Williamson was pretty entertaining in his role and in his apology. The night of the big event I saw “Will Rogers Follies” with Keith Carradine. I wish I had set my schedule in reverse order, but you can’t win ‘em all. The Will Rogers show was the better of the two, but the Hamlet was pretty entertaining all in all.