Give o’er the play.

Actors will keep going through the most extraordinary circumstances. We’ve got “The Show Must Go On” in our blood and it will continue to pulse no matter what.

Is the Player King onstage still convulsing in his death throes while this drama with Claudius is happening?
I don’t know many performers who’d stop just because of a disturbance in the audience. I’d like to see what’s happening in the stage within the stage in this bit. What do the performers do with this little bubble in their performance before Polonius has to shut it down?

Most performances I’ve seen feature everyone stopping and staring as soon as the King rises – but I’d be curious to see some play go on and give Polonius a reason to stop them.

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