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G is for a GHOST CHARACTER

letter gThis is not a term for characters who happen to be dead…I have just discovered it is a phrase used by academics for characters who are listed in a Shakespeare play but who don’t have any lines, are never mentioned by any other characters and don’t seem to be involved in the action. Much Ado About Nothing is an example of a play with ghost characters.

Facsimile of the title page of the quarto vers...

Facsimile of the title page of the quarto version of Much adoe about Nothing (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is easy to understand how it could happen. The character probably appeared in the first draft but didn’t make it past the revision stage. Or maybe Shakespeare fell out with an actor. ‘Sorry darling, just had to cut your part. Next time, sweetie. Ok?’
But the character clung on stubbornly throughout the centuries, watching off stage, hoping this time for a walk on part, a chance to mingle in the crowd scene….

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6 comments on “G is for a GHOST CHARACTER

  1. Bhavya
    April 8, 2013

    Ohh so that’s what they are called.. I’d always wondered why have some people who never have a significant role to play nor a dialogue.
    Thank you for this post.

    Bhavya from the AtoZ Challenge blogging at Just Another Blog

  2. bridget whelan
    April 8, 2013

    Do you think that directors cast ghost characters? I could do that! I could even do that for the RSC — wouldn’t that look good on a CV!!!!

  3. Vikki Thompson
    April 8, 2013

    well, you learn something new every day!

    Thanks honey 🙂

    xx

  4. bridget whelan
    April 8, 2013

    This A-Z Challenge is a real education – love your posts

  5. Wayne
    April 12, 2013

    I think I want to play the part. ;’)
    Stratoz goes AtoZ

  6. bridget whelan
    April 12, 2013

    Me too!

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