This particular production gave Hamlet a companion; a dog. This little dog was Hamlet's closest friend and followed him around for the entire show. Why might we ask? Well, when Hamlet discoverers Claudius praying and alone. Hamlet's first line is:
Now might I do it pat, now he is praying;
And now I'll do it. And so he goes to heaven;
And so I am revenged.
This production took a very literal, if not comical, interpretation of the line so that the reading became "Now might I do it, Pat" wherein "Pat" became the name of Hamlet's dog.
As you can see, this is one of those stories that I desperately with wasn't true. But then again, you can never be sure and we've all heard of strange and silly things happening in the theatre. This is a caution against closed-mindedness when dealing with interpreting Shakespeare's meaning.
Happy Birthday: W.A. Mozart (1756-1791)