THE STAGE: To Man From Mankind's Heart

THE STAGE (See Cover)

In a frenzy of transcendental hyperbole, Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote: "In climes beyond the solar road, this planet is probably not called Earth, but Shakespeare." Even a simple solar observer could supply Emerson with startling evidence this summer that all the world is, or shortly will be, a Shakespearean stage.

In Scotland, a third witch cackles at NBC's color cameras as TV prop men bring Birnam Wood—root, leaf and branch—to Dunsinane. Along the brooding battlements of Yugoslavia's 12th century Lovrijenac fortress, the ghost of Hamlet's father spurs his son's revenge; deep in Russia, at...

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