Perhaps more than any other Shakespeare play,
confronts its audiences and readers from the outset with a series of seemingly insuperable problems. Jonathan Bate, editor of the play for the Arden 3 series, begins his extensive Introduction by quoting Peter Brook’s verdict:
When the notices of
came out, giving us full marks for saving your dreadful play, I could not help feeling a twinge of guilt. For to tell the truth it had not occurred to any of us in rehearsal that the play was so bad.