Tchaikovsky's Skull Fired For Upstaging Actors It was no joke that Andre Tchaikovsky wanted to have his skull play the part of Yorick in Hamlet. When the acclaimed pianist died in 1982, he bequeathed his skull to the Royal Shakespeare Company. And there it remained in a tissue-lined box until now. For four months, it's been onstage. Then word got out, and the company decided the real skull was upstaging the actors. "Alas, poor Yorick" will no longer be played by Tchaikovsky's skull.
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Tchaikovsky's Skull Fired For Upstaging Actors

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Tchaikovsky's Skull Fired For Upstaging Actors

Tchaikovsky's Skull Fired For Upstaging Actors

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It was no joke that Andre Tchaikovsky wanted to have his skull play the part of Yorick in Hamlet. When the acclaimed pianist died in 1982, he bequeathed his skull to the Royal Shakespeare Company. And there it remained in a tissue-lined box until now. For four months, it's been onstage. Then word got out, and the company decided the real skull was upstaging the actors. "Alas, poor Yorick" will no longer be played by Tchaikovsky's skull.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne. Andre Tchaikovsky wasn't joking when he said he wanted to have his skull play the part of Yorick in "Hamlet." When the acclaimed pianist died in 1982, he bequeathed his skull to the Royal Shakespeare Company. And there it remained in a tissue-lined box until now. For four months, it's been onstage. Then word got out, and the company decided this real skull was upstaging the actors. Alas, poor Yorick will no longer be played by Tchaikovsky. It's Morning Edition.

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