Everyone remembers the reply Polonius makes to Hamlet, who asked him if he did not at one time act in the University. Polonius not only admits it but is rather proud of it. "I did enact Julius Caesar, I was killed i' the capital." It is recorded that Queen Elizabeth attended amateur performances of the students at Oxford and at Cambridge, and was highly pleased with the endeavors of the striplings. At that time it was the custom, when any distinguished personage paid a visit to the Universities, to entertain him in royal style, and the representation of some old play was always a prominent feature of the entertainment.
But there was a long period when the Drama was neglected at institutions of learning, and it was not until recent years that it has been brought into any prominence. Probably the most stupendous undertaking, and certainly the most successful in the way of college theatricals, was the presentation of the Greek play here at Harvard in the spring of 1881. There is a rumor abroad that the Shakspere Club is to play certain portions of Julius Caesar the coming spring.