Prominent Shakespeare Scholars Speak out on the Hamlet: Special Edition Controversy

Readers and scholars alike have been sharply divided over the recent discovery of a late-life revision of Hamlet (see the original news story here). Some applaud the opportunity to see Shakespeare's most famous play fully realized the way he ultimately envisioned it, while others condemn the changes and see no meaningful improvement over the version that is so familiar to them. We invite readers to cast their vote in the poll at the bottom of this page. Meanwhile, here is what four eminent Shakespeare scholars have to say about this controversial Hamlet.


"Here’s the short and the long of it: this amazing Hamlet news is the biggest of the biggs in Shakespearean studies, yet people have secret plans to force it into being a Wedge issue. The haters doth protest too much, methinks." 

Dame Frances Beye-Cohn, Oxford University


"The gratuitous changes in Hamlet: Special Edition make me so angry! And anger leads to hate, and hatred leads to suffering. If you prick us, do we not bleed?"

Randy Goodyear, Wyoming University for Social Sciences



"What exciting times we live in! We may yet recover the long-lost Hamlet Holiday Special, which Shakespeare did his best to repress after its first and only performance."

— Jack Guardant, Central University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne


"Yowza!  What is a song and dance number doing in the middle of the third act?  This is a bleeding Shakespearean tragedy, not some 'ooh la la' threepenny space opera. What a piece of work! Thanks for ruining my childhood."

— Holly Malkin, Queen’s College

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