IN 1995, Philip Seymour Hoffman played Bernardo, Horatio and Laertes in Todd Louiso’s 1995 version of Tom Stoppard’s 1976 play The Fifteen Minute Hamlet. Stoppard has enjoyed a hit with his Hamlet spin-off Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. In this play, Stoppard strips down Shakespeare’s play into 13 minutes – plus a two-minute encore.
There was no sequel to this satire on the Hollywood film industry. But Shakespeare would have wanted one; he, after all, produced many sequels, such as Henry VI, Part 1, Henry VI, Part 2, Henry VI, Part 3…
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