There are messengers all over Shakespeare. They fetch and carry, run on and off with news — but no one gives them much thought, despite the dangers of their profession. There are exceptions, of course: Someone occasionally flings a messenger a coin; at other times messengers are hit or killed. Cleopatra threatens to have the poor soul who brings her news of Antony's marriage "whipped with wire and stewed in brine," and Macbeth utters one of the most memorable curses in the English language when he's given bad news about a battle: "The devil damn thee black, thou cream-faced loon." And now, just as Tom Stoppard decided to give Hamlet's insignificant friends their due... More >>>