Shakespeare antisemitic – Rylance

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Published: Monday 23rd February 2015 by The News Editor

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British actor Mark Rylance has said he has to cut out parts of Shakespeare’s plays because they are “antisemitic”.

The former artistic director at the Globe Theatre in London, who is currently starring on TV in Wolf Hall, said: “I don’t think there’s pressure (to remove) the bawdy jokes. He’s bawdier a lot more times than people realise.

“The pressures I feel are more for times where he will say something very antisemitic.

“I have to make the decision, do I include that or not. There are some very unfortunate antisemitic things that characters say.

“If a character says it, it doesn’t mean the author means it but since the holocaust … these statements have a lot more resonance now than they did at that time.”

Rylance, 55, was speaking at the Globe where he unveiled a copy of Shakespeare’s first folio that was recently found in France.

The Saint Omer folio was found in November in a library, where it had lain undiscovered for nearly 200 years.

Published: Monday 23rd February 2015 by The News Editor

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