It’s clear now that Shakespeare In Italy will be a success if none of the actors falls ill and the theatre doesn’t burn down, and that level of success may go up to BAFTA awards (Kubrick’s cameraman is shooting the film of it and Lucy Slattery seems as good as Judy Davis in the meatiest female role in world drama thus far) or even Oscars, but it could also do less well and be deemed no more than a local success like Honk If You Are Jesus or Dr Plonk. And in show business you never know.
But it’s also clear that many of the rules the theatre lives by are arrant nonsense. One of these rules is that you can have three actors on stage but preferably not ten. Another is that a theatre’s bureaucrats must outnumber its actors by three to one.
In this exercise there were no bureaucrats but eight actor/managers and a couple of scene-shifting backstage people and a budget of around thirty-five thousand including the filming. More to come.