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I would love to see an original pronunciation production, especially if it were at the Globe. I got to tour the Globe many years ago, which was amazing and I loved every second of it, but I sadly haven’t had the chance to see anything performed there. Back to the original pronunciation–it’s obvious when you read the text that there are linguistic shifts that have occurred since it was written that change rhyme and rhythm, but it’s so much more obvious when you read it out loud. Except for when it isn’t, and that’s the problem.

I have seen an original practice production done at the Guthrie where all of the parts were played by men, as was done in Shakespeare’s time; they performed it in Elizabethan period costumes with Elizabethan period sets and lighting (more or less), and that was truly fascinating, especially as the actors did a lot of their wardrobe and makeup on stage so the audience could see how everything was put together. I don’t remember what play it was, possibly “Merry Wives of Windsor,” but I think maybe something else.

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