Earlier this week, I came across a quote by Sir Ian McKellen on performing Shakespeare that has completely stumped me. I thought I would share it with you and see if you can enlighten me.
I don't make much distinction between being a stand-up comic and acting Shakespeare - in fact, unless you're a good comedian, you're never going to be able to play Hamlet properly.
Ok, I can understand that William Shakespeare wrote in a very direct, almost declamatory, way. Back then, the theater experience was very different and speeches had to read like this in order to hold the attention of the audience. Perhaps McKellen is suggesting that this is similar to the direct language of the modern stand-up?