We are off to the matinee of Paapa's Hamlet today. Visit two, but he tipped us the wink on a special RSC discount code.
Steve, who has got a degree in theology is coming. Here is how I intend to disconcert him.
Hamlet arrives from Wittenberg, where Luther nailed his 95 theses to the cathedral door, to find the ghost of his father in purgatory.
Article XXII of the Thirty-Nine Articles of the Anglican church (already established when Hamlet was written) states that "The Romish Doctrine concerning Purgatory . . . is a fond thing, vainly invented, and grounded upon no warranty of Scripture, but rather repugnant to the Word of God." Prayers for the departed were deleted from the 1552 Book of Common Prayer because they suggested a doctrine of purgatory.