The Theatre: The Bard and the Box Office

The Shakespeare open season for 1939-40 started last week* when Maurice Evans reopened on Broadway in his last season's hit, an uncut Hamlet. It proved once again a much more tumultuous and exciting play than the usual cut version. Interesting minor change: This season Polonius wears spectacles, a detail which caused a great to-do among anachronism-chasers until they ascertained that glasses were worn in Shakespeare's day. Nobody seemed to care whether they were wtirn in Hamlet's.

Never long absent from it, the Bard has his ups & downs on Broadway. He starts off...

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