Alas, Poor Tschaikovsky…


The Royal Shakespeare Company’s sensational new “Hamlet,” starring David Tennant (pictured), is about to start a run in London following an engagement in Stratford. But for the transfer the company will stop using the real skull of Polish pianist Andre Tschaikovsky, who bequeathed it to the RSC specifically to be hoisted as Yorick in the graveyard scene. Apparently, the knowledge of a real skull is “too distracting for the audience.” (I’m thinking of bequeathing my corpse to the RSC for use in the gorier scenes of “Titus Andronicus.”)

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