The First Quarto of Hamlet
The first printed text of Shakespeare's Hamlet is about half the length of the more familiar second quarto and Folio versions. It reorders and combines key plot elements to present its own workable alternatives. This is the only modernised critical edition of the 1603 quarto in print. Kathleen Irace explains its possible origins, special features and surprisingly rich performance history, and while describing textual differences between it and other versions, offers alternatives which actors or directors might choose for specific productions.
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Special features of QI Hamlet
Note on the text
List of characters
Possible actors addictions in Q1 only
Couplets partly or wholly unique to Q1
Q1 plot outline in relation to Riverside Q2F
Q1 in performance
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