This chapter of the book offers a scene-by-scene, moment-by-moment commentary on the play as it might work in performance. Sometimes it explores the perspective of an audience seeing it for the first time, considering the play’s surprises, release of information and creation of tension. It frequently examines the play’s scope for choices by actors and directors, and weighs up potential staging or interpretative problems. It traces the development and interplay of the play’s themes. Elsewhere, it draws attention to some of the ways in which the play might have worked for its original audience. The commentary is designed to be read alongside the play itself, and is based on the Revels Student edition of the text (1996), edited by John Russell Brown.
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