The page’s the thing – take it from Shakespeare’s earliest readers | Stage | The Guardian

When we watch King Lear, he suggested, we see merely the mundanely pitiful “old man tottering about the stage with a walking-stick”, but when “we read it, we see not Lear but we are Lear”. Deep engagement with the plays meant private study, not public spectacle.
— Read on www.theguardian.com/stage/2020/apr/01/reading-shakespeare-book-plays-emma-smith