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The Secret Love Life of Ophelia

Steven Berkoff

The Secret Love Life of Ophelia, by Steven Berkoff, is a startlingly original drama which charts the lovers’ story beneath the surface of Hamlet.

Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571209545
Date Published
06.08.2001
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Summary

Hamlet and Ophelia express the infinite variety of their passion in a work which takes the form of an epistolary play in verse. Steven Berkoff’s startlingly original drama charts the lovers’ story beneath the surface of Shakespeare’s play. With a muscularity of language tempered with tenderness, Berkoff’s play is shot through with images of courtly love, sexual desire and intimations of future tragedy. The chill of the ending perfectly offsets the preceding violent heat in what is another unique piece of work from the individual talent that is Steven Berkoff.
The Secret Love Life of Ophelia was first performed at the King’s Head Theatre, London, on 25 June 2001.

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Steven Berkoff was born in Stepney, East London and first studied acting at the City Literary Institute in Holborn when he was nineteen. Following full-time training at the Webber Douglas School of Drama, he worked extensively in repertory theatre in England and Scotland, doing every job from understudy to stage management. In 1968 he formed his own company, the London…

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