The Chichester Festival Theatre

Presents :

The BIG Secret Live - I am Shakespeare -

Webcam Daytime Chat-room Show

A Comedy of Shakespearean identity crisis

Starring Mark Rylance

August 14- September 8, 2007

Minerva Theatre

Details here

http://www.cft.org.uk/cft-productions_details.asp?pid=76

 

Interview with Mark Rylance



Quotes by Mark Rylance

 

 

And it is a very beautiful idea, and possibly true, that a common man from Stratford with a common education was able to write these plays.

Mark Rylance

 

And people do enjoy the plays at completely different levels. And, likewise, they enjoy the authorship question... at completely different levels.

Mark Rylance

 

Burleigh, absolutely; and a lot about Elizabeth. I mean I found when I play Henry V a lot of connections with the hidden history of the connection between Francis Bacon and Elizabeth.

Mark Rylance

 

But I don't sit down at dinner and have clever ideas.

Mark Rylance

 

But I find with Francis Bacon, some of the things were in the place, and someone who was connected with these schools of thought, and someone who had a motivation that equals the scope of the comedy and the tragedy in the plays.

Mark Rylance

 

But to me I find Francis Bacon the most likely candidate to be the author.

Mark Rylance

 

Great actors try to dismiss all ideas from their conscious mind in order to provide an experience that is real.

Mark Rylance

 

I think that was very important to Bacon... personally. I think he went to great efforts to get a house for the Stratford man, to make it so difficult for us to prove that it was Francis Bacon, because it is very difficult to prove.

Mark Rylance

 

I think the most absolute truth is only as good as the time that it's told. It's only as good as where the person, the receiver of that, is.

Mark Rylance

 

In terms of pure acting, it's a gift.

Mark Rylance

 

It just came into my soul that the time and place was changing and that I wasn't the right leader for the Globe anymore.

Mark Rylance

 

It's an intuitive exercise to do a Shakespeare play and to go through a Shakespeare play.

Mark Rylance

 

It's difficult for me to say, but I don't think the sex scenes are particularly erotic.

Mark Rylance

 

Moments are incredible, but in my fantasy mind I see a Globe company which is renowned throughout the world for what it does with pure storytelling. So that people come and say: it's not just the building, it's the only place you can hear this kind of work.

Mark Rylance

 

Our job is to make manifest the story, to be it. In a sense, the theatre is such a big star itself, bigger than any Shakespearean actor I could hire, that we should take the opportunity to fill it with voice and verse and movement, not interpretation.

Mark Rylance

 

Perhaps I should just say that I've been a professional actor in Britain since 1980.

Mark Rylance

 

So there's a lot of people tied into believing that the traditional response to the authorship question. In terms of actors, some people get very angry about it.

Mark Rylance

 

So whoever you believe wrote the plays, they felt it was important to mask them, to mask the identity, the personality of the author.

Mark Rylance

 

There have been more books alone written about Hamlet than have been written about the Bible.

Mark Rylance

 

There's a weak place in every plot, ladies and gentleman, (and) in this case, the weak place is the plot.

Mark Rylance

 

Well, likewise, the authorship question: whoever you believe wrote the plays, they covered at their tracks bloody well.

Mark Rylance

 

Well, my wife always says to me, and I think it's true, it's very difficult for us to understand the Elizabethan understanding and enjoyment and perception of form as it is to say... it would be for them to understand computers or going to the moon or something.

Mark Rylance

 

You know, I don't think you need to be educated to be a great actor.

Mark Rylance

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