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BrokenTune 4 years ago
Fantastic!!! These angles should all be taught and be the subjects of exam papers!
My surroundings are normally to chaotic or busy to focus on Shakespead.
Easily the most popular version of Romeo and Juliet in the 18th century was the one where they don't die. (I kid you not.)
There's a French opera based on "Hamlet" (I hesitate to even call it an adaptation) where both Hamlet and Ophelia survive. And get married and live happily ever after. And Hamlet of course gets to be king.
It all started in the 18th century with a "Family Shakespeare" by a Thomas Bowdler. His editing cut 90% out of the stories...Hence the term “bowdlerizing”, which has become a widely-used word synonymous with censorship...
It started about a half century before the Bowdlers, actually, no less with David Garrick, who was the most famous Shakespearean actor of his time, but who was heavily influenced by Voltaire (who hated Shakespeare), and proceeded to write and produce versions of his own of several of Shakespeare's plays -- again, including "Hamlet," where he scrapped almost the entire 5th act, which Voltaire had criticized particularly severely.
The largest local Christian college (BJU) puts on Shakespeare every year - Bowdler's version, of course.
Oh dear.