The actors take turns from performance to performance getting plastered and from the video clip in this article, it looks like a very funny, and entirely unconventional, way to see Shakespeare.
Who's to say that Burbage, Condell or even Shakespeare himself didn't drink a little before and during a show -- to calm their nerves?
Is it hard to imagine that Will Kemp as Falstaff might have even been drinking onstage? What if he got down into the Yard and took a cup of beer from someone in the audience?
There is another group of actors who perform Shakespeare in parks, during the day, and they interact with the crowd -- "the audience becomes part of the play."
|Evanston's Muse Of Fire Theater Company rehearsing Julius Caesar|
In my adaptations, I created many characters who interact with the play as they watch it, until they become part of the play itself. They also provide us, the modern audience, with a translation to the plays.
But in the process of adapting the plays, I became convinced that Shakespeare not only anticipated the reaction of the audience, when they would laugh or cry or talk aloud, but he encouraged it. He wanted the crowd to respond, as loud and as often as possible.