Asked in Hamlet
What role in Hamlet did Shakespeare probably play?
February 23, 2015 9:32PM
According to Nicholas Rowe's biography, written in 1709, some 93 years after Shakespeare died, Shakespeare played the Ghost. We have no real reason to doubt this, although it is not clear where Rowe got this story.
August 11, 2009 7:25AM
According to Nicholas Rowe in his 1709 'Works of William Shakespear' Shakespeare played the Ghost in Hamlet. Here is a quote straight from the book: It is at this Time, and upon this Accident, that he is said to have made his first Acquaintance in the Play-house. He was receiv'd into the Company then in being, at first in a very mean Rank; But his admirable Wit, and the natural Turn of it to the Stage, soon distinguish'd him, if not as an extraordinary Actor, yet as an excellent Writer. His Name is Printed, as the Custom was in those Times, amongst those of the other Players, before some old Plays, but without any particular Account of what sort of Parts he us'd to play; and tho' I have inquir'd, I could never meet with any further Account of him this way, than that the top of his Performance was the Ghost in his own Hamlet.