The Player King and Lucianusgreenspun.com : LUSENET : Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet : One Thread
If Hamlet asks the Player King to study a speech of some dozen or sixteen lines for insertion into The Murder Of Gonzago, then surely it should of been him playing Lucianus...?
-- Patrick Walker (email@example.com), September 28, 2002
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-- Virginia Geis (firstname.lastname@example.org), September 29, 2002.
Ah, but the Player King was also head of the acting troupe, so all deals must go through him. Sort of a "head of the family" thing.
-- Casey (email@example.com), October 01, 2002.
Ie., Hamlet's 'yous' in his questions to the First Player at the end of II.ii are referring generically to the whole of the troupe, not just to the First Player.
Of course we don't know for sure that Lucianus' speech was the one that Hamlet wrote for the playlet, which is not fully performed on the night.
-- catherine england (firstname.lastname@example.org), October 04, 2002.