How didst thou sway the theatre! Make us feel
The players’ wounds were true, and their swords, steel!
Nay, stranger yet, how often did I know
When the spectators ran to save the blow?
Frozen with grief we could not stir away
Until the epilogue told us ‘twas a play.
From the point of view of an actor, playing the part of Bolingbroke or Richard is a daunting task. There are a number of ways
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assuming the role of Richard must first of all acknowledge all the possible ways he can be portrayed before actually settling on one particular way of performing it.
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Oxford University Press 1998
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Shakespeare’s Plays in Performance
Applause Books, 1993
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Prentice Hall 1971
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Shakespeare. Richard II, A Casebook
Macmillan Press 1973