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Welcome

to Issue 14 of Shakespeare Magazine

Photo: David Hammonds

When I decided to devote an entire issue of Shakespeare Magazine to Hamlet, I assumed it would be a relatively straightforward process. After all, lots of people have lots of interesting things to say about this play and this character – all I had to do was fling it on the page. What I didn’t bargain for, but which in retrospect seems all too obviously predictable – is that in the process I would become Hamlet. I hesitated, I prevaricated, I dithered. I underthought things that required a good deal of thinking, and I overthought things that didn’t require any thinking at all. I prepared reams of interview questions, and them scrapped them. I wrote thousands of words and then chucked them in the bin. I remembered things – like the time I wrote and acted in a Hamlet spoof at school, over 30 years ago, in part inspired by an edgy production of the play that wowed me at Southport Arts Centre. And then I realised that some of my memories were no longer trustworthy. I think perhaps my main point here is that we all think we know Hamlet like we know ourselves. But when we return to the text(s) there are always shocks, surprises and rude awakenings in store. And just like Hamlet, my dithering at last ended, I suddenly knew what had to be done, and the issue finally rocketed to its conclusion. It’s been an education, and the bodies that litter this particular stage are, thankfully, all metaphorical. Anyway, here it is. Thanks as ever, for your patience and support. Enjoy your magazine. Pat Reid, Founder & Editor

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Shakespeare Magazine Issue 14  

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Shakespeare Magazine Issue 14  

Hamlet is the theme of Shakespeare Magazine Issue 14, with each and every article devoted to the fictional Prince of Denmark and the play th...