call me big papa
Hamlet must count as a sort of self portrait for WS, a recognition of the perils of overeducation (Wittenberg).
The Fool is incredibly irritating in Kurosawa's adaptation.The consensus is that Lear is the best (although I think Hamlet is up there in general esteem) but I personally found the Fool quite tough to deal with at the time. Maybe at the time I was an even bigger idiot?
Go and see something and just go with it. Don't worry about not understanding everything, it is supposed to be performed and in performance it comes into its own.What's a good place to start with this fella?
i would say that it is very rare these days that the verse is torn to tatters. If you listen to recordings from the 30s and 40s, you'll hear a very mannered and grand recital voice whereas the modern preference is for something more resembling speech, much as his Shakespeare's own theatre would recognise. Shakespeare is aware of how bad acting can affect a performance - Bottom is there to show what acting isn't. Hamlet has clear ideas on plays and players and there are plenty of other self conscious references to acting and the theatre.O, it offends me to the soul to hear a robustious
periwig-pated fellow tear a passion to tatters, to
very rags, to split the ears of the groundlings, who
for the most part are capable of nothing but
inexplicable dumbshows and noise: