Soliloquies Criticism: Performance Commentary - Essay

Mary Z. Maher (essay date 1992)

(Shakespearean Criticism)

SOURCE: Maher, Mary Z. “John Gielgud: The Glass of Fashion.” In Modern Hamlets and Their Soliloquies, pp. 1-18. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1992.

[In the following essay, Maher describes in detail John Gielgud's delivery of Hamlet's seven soliloquies in a 1936-1937 production staged in New York and London. In a narrative supplemented by comments from the actor himself, she relates the effects of varying tempos, speech breaks, gestures, lighting, and stage business on Gielgud's performance of these speeches, stressing that he spoke them as if they were communications with himself rather than with the audience.]

Because of his extensive and varied experience...

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Mary Z. Maher (essay date 1992)

(Shakespearean Criticism)

SOURCE: Maher, Mary Z. “David Warner: The Rogue and Peasant Slave.” In Modern Hamlets and Their Soliloquies, pp. 41-62. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1992.

[In the following essay, Maher gives an account of a 1965-1966 Royal Shakespeare Company production of Hamlet that was directed by Peter Hall with David Warner in the lead role. This anti-establishment staging likened the politics of Elsinore to those of mid-twentieth-century Britain, the critic reports, and Warner's direct communication of Hamlet's soliloquies was an essential part of his and Hall's intent to involve the numerous young members of the audience in the play and help them understand it.]

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