HOW WOULD SHAKESPEARE FEEL ABOUT CUTTING HIS PLAYS?

HOW WOULD SHAKESPEARE FEEL ABOUT CUTTING HIS PLAYS? How would Shakespeare feel about cutting his plays to please a modern audience? My friend Don Doub observed almost 50 years ago that Shakespeare sought a large audience and claimed that if Shakespeare were writing then (in the 1960’s), he would be writing for the movies. I think that Shakespeare would understand and sympathize with all the various efforts to make his plays accessible to a wider audience. I also think that if he were writing today, he might well create works that were longer and more complicated and richer…. Think of boxed DVD’s…or videogames.

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One Response to HOW WOULD SHAKESPEARE FEEL ABOUT CUTTING HIS PLAYS?

  1. Nick says:

    It’s interesting that you mention video games. There are some that have dozens upon dozens of hours of gameplay and story. Final Fantasy VII, which I loved and I believe many others did, could take days to get through. There were roughly a dozen protagonists and each had their own backstory which fed into the plot.

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