|Michael Chekhov as Erik 14th in Vakhtangov's
Production of the play by the same name
Working through the material section by section in order to establish a first draft. Tomorrow will concentrate on the impact of Gordon Craig and Stanislavsky's production of Hamlet. This was a ground breaking production using Gordon Craig's theatre design innovations. Also Craig conceived of the production as a mono drama. That is, all the main characters in Shakespeare's play are products of Hamlet's conciousness and are not real. Here was a new kind of subjectivity and certainly a long way from Stanislavsky's idea of subjectity or the autonomy of individual characters in a play. This production with Craig's innovationsin 1911 made a lasting impression on Stanislavsky's students including Vakhtangov who put on productions of Erik 14th and Turandot.