[LMB] Hamlet, was Rom and Jules, was When World-Views Collide, books

John Lennard john.c.lennard at gmail.com
Wed Jan 12 12:24:43 GMT 2022

Katherine: In an even more extremely limited casting, she was in ?A Two
Woman Hamlet? a couple of years ago, mostly as Hamlet, but also Laertes and
she and the other woman took turns as Gertrude and Ophelia.
The fight scene between Hamlet and Laertes was wonderful.

John: I bet -- it sounds marvellous. Was Ophelia's grave involved? In the
early texts (Q1, Q2, F) only Q1 has Hamlet leap into the grave, and how it
might have been staged is a poser. Sure, there's the stage-trap, but was it
really big enough for two people to fight *in*? And what could spectators
see if Hamlet and Laertes did jump in? Problems, problems. My favourite
version is the one in *Twin Peaks*, at Laura's funeral, where her two
boyfriends fight, and crash into the grave on top of the lowered coffin --
sending the auto-lowerer into cycle so they are both in the grave, then out
of it, then in it again, then out again ...

John Lennard, MA DPhil. (Oxon.), MA (WU)

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