The Country Characters and Autolycus

  • R. P. Draper
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Mention has already been made of the differences between rustic and ‘queenly’ Perditas. In only one of the productions under discussion was there a corresponding Florizel — the RSC production of 1981, in which Philip Franks played the part. Franks did not, of course, speak with the accent of the stage rustic or behave in a yokel manner; it was rather his excessive naïveté which made him a counterpart of the simple-minded, easily duped country folk. The enthusiasm of this Florizel for Perdita seemed absurd rather than lyrically exuberant, though in all probability this was not the intention.


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© R. P. Draper 1985

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