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“There are few rules about playing Shakespeare, but many possibilities,” said Shakespearean director, educator and theoretician John Barton, in his edifying book “Playing Shakespeare.”

Through generations of actors myriad possibilities have been tested. Each generation has chosen a leader of its time to be the spokesman of the current representative of Shakespeare’s perennial truths. With modulating trends, a conversion of styles has led to the current approach to Shakespearean acting. Despite all the changes in acting styles, one of the most challenging tests for any actor remains the role of Hamlet.

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