Tuesday, November 11, 2014
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Stage direction, in The Winter's Tale, act 3, sc. 3, l. 57 (1623).
This most famous of all stage directions, referring to the sudden exit of Antigonus, has led some critics to ask whether the bear was real, introduced as a theatrical coup. Most stage directions in Shakespeare's plays were additions by later editors.