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January 27, 2011


Kevin landis

Yay Murray. Bring on the oldsters and the youngsters. Bring em all!


How did you like Ian Charleson's Hamlet?

Murray ross

Ian Charleson was dying of aids when he played Hamlet (he took over from Daniel Day Lewis, who kept seeing the ghost of his real
Father). The theatre seemed huge. I've never seen a Hamlet where you felt more darkness around him. We all knew we were watching a dying man who knew he was dying-- so
Charleson, like Hamlet, was watching himself die. He was never in a hurry. He was never for a moment dishonest or juicing up the role-- he was the opposite of a rock star. It was simple,modest, memorable. Michael Bryant, also near his end (this was his penultimate role) was a brilliant Polonious.


Thank you, Murray.

What percent of the entire audiences, would you say, knew that Ian was dying -- the audiences for the entire length of Ian's short run? (I'm an American, so I don't yet know what exactly, or how much, the tabloids or rumor mills had conveyed to the general public, unless one was in the industry.)

Thank you very much for your time.

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