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Tanto: Not different enough from Dawson Casting, in my opinion. This entire entry could be encompassed by a sentence in Dawson Casting: "One way of handwaving this is to not mention the characters' ages and hope no one notices" or something to that effect.

Frau Blucher: Another issue with this trope is the title and key example is based on the commonly-held notion that Hamlet's under 25, when in fact the canonical text has the gravedigger mention twice in one scene that he's 30! Branagh and Gibson still both looked too old for the role, but the age gap is less dramatic. There's a bit of debate in Shakespeare Studies about this issue, which turns on debate about discrepancies between Quarto and Folio versions of the play - see http://www.greenspun.com/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg.tcl?msg_id=006ZHt for the details if you're not asleep yet.

This digression aside - I'm not sure either that this is different enough from Dawson Casting to merit its own trope anyway. For now, I'm just going to tweak some of the assertions about Hamlet.

Your Obedient Serpent submits that a key difference is that, in Dawson Casting, the characters played by adults are still supposed to be teenagers, whilst when Playing Hamlet, the characters themselves are presented as older than they were in the source material.

Sluimers: I thought it meant an actor imitating the famous to be or not to be scene.

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