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Not everyone wants to sit through a four-
Originally conceived for the 2015 CPC Theatrical production at Dublin, Ohio’s Abbey Theater, this version eliminates repetitive scenes, and drops some characters. Fortinbras is gone, and consequently so are Cornelius and Voltimand. Roscenrantz and Guildenstern, whose main contribution has always been about 45 minutes of tedium, are also gone. The first scene on the castle ramparts, which is described in considerable detail ten minutes later, has likewise been cut, as it was in most 19th century productions. For the play within the play, the dumb show is retained, while the overblown spoken repetition is not.
Of course, the essential revenge plot remains, as does the dramatic duel at the end.
The Abbey Theater production ran an average of 2:40, with a 15-
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