wow, thanks for the quote from a 70's Welles...quite a difference of opinion, he seems to think more of falstaff and less of hamlet, whereas before he was kind of in the middle.
I suppose my opinion of Hamlet has been much coloured by the Jacobi performance, which made him seem somewhat more likeable... I mean now that I read it myself, he does seem like a crueler person...I'm still not sure though, I need to read more, because he is very much an enigma to me
I think Shakespeare's great characters are so flawed that none of them can be said to be better men than the others...I mean many of them do seem to be good at heart, and they also can often seem to be quite witty, but then they go off and do something that makes us realize they are no better than any of the other characters...or something like that...agghhh I am not nearly as knowledgable as I try to sound
And I would love to get involved with theatre. Truely. I just cannot stand the musicals that are performed here. I think a musical can be good, I mean I like music and I like theatre, so they should go together, but in their popular form which mocks various music idioms, I just cannot find appeal. Now, if you had characters who expressed themselves through jazz improvisation or classical performance, that could be great...but then the actors would have to be really talented musicians instead of people who can just sing (not to put down the abilities of vocalists)...I guess this is starting to sound more like opera or pretentious performance art, but hey I'm just dreaming...... at least they could have a decent storyline and no cheesy cliched songs.........The traditional Japanese theatre forms (i.e. kabuki, noh) have music thoroughly integrated into the drama, however I have yet to have seen these performed, I've only read about them and read some of the plays.
BUT when there is a drama here at the theatre (where I happen to work...), I will be involved somehow!
Also, I have not heard any of Orson's audio Shakespeare
merchant of venice
...I do not know if these are any good or not, but they are quite expensive for me, even though I am quite interested
Incidentally, I was surprised to find when flipping through the timeline in This Is Orson Welles that he actually did a version of Hamlet for radio, his own adaptation for the Columbia Workshop in 1935; I'm not sure if he was credited or not for this, but in any case I would quite like to hear it
thanks, PEACE ALL