Sunday, March 27, 2005
This is neat: H5: SHAXICON indicates that Shakespeare probably played the French Constable and Exeter in the Quarto version (in 1599, while also playing Exeter in a revival of 1H6). In F1 Henry V, Shakespeare appears to have performed Bishop Ely and Montjoy, and probably, on some occasions, the Chorus. (The influence of the Chorus-role is less strongly marked than that of Ely and Mountjoy, but still pronounced than for other roles in the play). The Chorus-role is easily doubled with Montjoy--but tripling with Ely raises a problem at I.i.0, when the Chorus walks offstage and Ely walks on. Shakespeare may possibly have performed Ely and Mountjoy in some productions, the Chorus and Mountjoy in others.