Saturday, May 3, 2014

SHAKESPEARE SATURDAYS The First Theatrical "knock-knock" joke? The Porter scene from MACBETH

 Is this the first "knock-knock" joke?

This scene, from Shakespeare's horror-show MACBETH, takes place right after the murder of Duncan. It's usually cut form productions, mostly because directors don't quite know what to do with it and it's apparent change of tone. But it is very useful, and it's meaning is easy for an audience to grasp, so I think that it should be kept.

In this recording I'll read the part of The Porter, who is a bit (no, he's very) drunk, and Malcolm, who has been a-knocking...

Hope you like it!

-Mark Redfield
3 May, 2014

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