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Monday, 10 July 2006


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Bravo, David!
I'm half tempted to come down and audition! Hmmm, yes, I really might....

I'm glad you've decided to keep the Fortinbras element in the play, as most directors cut it and I have always thought it adds a certain sense of foreboding and tension to the play. It also widens the landscape, gives the play a broader context.

In my opinion, I:1 can be dispensed with completely. I'd also be tempted to cut much of IV:5-7 as I personally find these scenes rather boring. (On the other hand, they do provide Hamlet with his only real chance to catch his breath and have a glass of water!)

I'd be interested to hear your overall mental/emotional approach to directing the play. Where do you want to take your audience? Will you allow them to feel any sympathy at all for King Claudius and Polonius, for example?

Do let us know how things take shape over the next 9 months!

I'm not sure where you're located, Tyler, but all volunteers are welcome - although I suspect they'll be coming out of the woodwork for a chance to play Hamlet. Also, cutting too much of the mad Ophelia scene is likely to produce a young actress hissing and spitting like a scalded cat!

It is a huge endeavour and, of course, I am just at the beginning of Ibsen's "Ghosts" so I must concentrate on that for the moment.

Fear not, further and better particulars, as they say, will be forthcoming in due course.


I'm sure WS is honored (or is it honoured?)!

Cutting? "I'll lug the guts to the neighbour room."

I once saw a production of Hamlet performed by three people - two men and a woman. It ran at about 90 minutes, with lines assigned more or less randomly to one or other actor. As I recall, the 'To be or not to be' soliloquy was performed as a kind of round, with each actor taking a word at a time. As so often with such work, the question 'why?' hung over the proceedings like a lazily-spinning ceiling fan. I have rarely been so bored in a theatre.

I wonder if the good burghers of Richmond are ready for such an approach? Go on, David - stick it to 'em good. At least it would give them something to talk about.

Don't tempt me!

Actually, I've 'finished' the cutting and whilst I'm happy that I have been respectful of the scansion (being an 'iambic fundamentalist' as some-one once called me), I am now pausing before I re-read it all to ensure that the story is told coherenetly. It would be a bit embarrassing to miss out a piece of crucial plot line!

As for you, Andy, I only have one thing to say, 'Hie thee to Questors'! Or even the RSS if it's not too far.

PS: Are you intending to see the Japanese "Titus"? Two friends have raved!

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