Specimens of English Dramatic Criticism, XVII-XX Centuries

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'HAMLET' IN MODERN DRESS
Claudius, King of Denmark FRANK VOSPER
Hamlet COLIN KEITH-JOHNSTON
Polonius, Lord Chamberlain A. BROMLEY-DAVENPORT
Horatio, Friend to Hamlet ALAN HOWLAND
Laertes, son to Polonius ROBERT HOLMES
Osric GUY VIVIAN
Ghost of Hamlet's father GROSVENOR NORTH
First Player TERENCE O'BRIEN
First Gravedigger CEDRIC HARDWICKE
Fortinbras, Prince of Norway DONALD FINLAY
Gertrude, Queen of Denmark DOROTHY MASSINGHAM
Ophelia, daughter to Polonius MURIEL HEWITT

Kingsway Theatre

Do you know what it is when some scheme, thought of its nature to be beyond attainment, is suddenly, to use a phrase eternally current in political circles, 'brought within the bounds of practical politics'? It is, I assure you, a highly exhilarating feeling. There must always have been among those who feel any curiosity about Hamlet at all, a curiosity to be able to judge Hamlet as though, by some inconceivable flight of burning genius, a modern playwright, say Tchekhov, had written it. All the idea needed, as it happens, was a few dress suits and a few Court uniforms. But no one before Sir Barry Jackson happened to think of it, and now Sir Barry Jackson and his company have done it.

This production so pleased me and excited me, so amuged me and thrilled me, that I find it difficult to

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgements ix
  • Introduction 1
  • London Theatres in the 1660s 21
  • Betterton's Benefit 44
  • Thomas Betterton 46
  • Garrick's First Performance in London 60
  • Mr. Partridge Sees Garrick 63
  • 'the Beggar's Opera': 18th Century 69
  • Mrs. Siddons 84
  • Others--And Mrs. Siddons 89
  • 'the Beggar's Opera': 19th Century 93
  • Kean as Richard the Third 96
  • On Actors and Acting 101
  • On the Artificial Comedy of The Last Century 112
  • Phelps at Sadler's Wells 123
  • At the Pantomime 130
  • 'Caste' 132
  • On Natural Acting 142
  • Ellen Terry 154
  • Ellen Terry 159
  • Irving in Shakespeare 162
  • 'Ghosts' 182
  • 'Arms and the Man' 190
  • 'trilby' 198
  • Donkey Races 203
  • Forbes Robertson's Hamlet 208
  • 'trelawny of the "Wells"' 218
  • F. R. Benson's Richard II 222
  • Dan Leno 231
  • The Wild Duck' 237
  • 'the Playboy of the Western World'1 248
  • P. D. Kenny 254
  • Granville Barker's Production Of 'twelfth Night' 260
  • 'the Pretenders' 264
  • 'A Bill of Divorcement' 282
  • The Search for the Masterpiece 290
  • 'Peer Gynt' at the Old Vic 294
  • Marie Lloyd 297
  • 'the Way of the World' 302
  • 'Hamlet' in Modern Dress 307
  • A Creator 312
  • Biblical 'tobias and the Angel' 316
  • 'twelfth Night' at the Old Vic 321
  • 'Murder in the Cathedral' 326
  • 'As You like It' at the Old Vic 329
  • Editor's Note 331
  • Descriptive Index 333
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