Richard III

Shakespeare: the funny bits

I’m told that the STC’s production of  The War of the Roses didn’t quite make Richard’s seduction of Anne plausible, even with the distraction of girl-on-girl casting. It’s supposed to be one of the hardest scenes to get right in Shakespeare, but the following lines could be almost as tricky when played in front of an Australian audience of the right age:

1 Murd. How now, what mean’st thou that thou help’st me not?
By heavens, the Duke shall know how slack you have been!

At this point First Murderer has just stabbed Richard’s brother Clarence and drowned him in a barrel of Madeira, and he’s complaining to Second Murderer that he had to do all the work himself. How slack is that?

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