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Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Mangled Shakespeare

~ sluices of joy ... sorrow in the human heart ~

Clever idea of the Guardian to dip back in the archives to reproduce a review from October 1843 of The Tempest.

Spendid period phrasing such as,

"Indeed, it has rarely been our fortune to hear Shakespeare so mangled by any actor as it was on this occasion."

and, in an amusingly snobbish misunderstanding of the rĂ´le of Trinculo, where the critic

" ... must caution this actor against his coarse tricks, which savour more of a sawdust arena than of the boards of a theatre-royal."

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