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In a world where on-screen violence has become commonplace, Britain's Royal Shakespeare Company is turning to science to discover whether the playwright can still make our hearts race more than 400 years on.Audience members have been known to pass out or vomit at the play's shocking cruelty during performances.Becky Loftus, head of audience insight at the RSC, is spearheading the innovative study to measure reactions to the English Renaissance writer's work.The comparative study is being carried out in the theater and at a live-streaming of the play in a cinema in Stratford – the town where Shakespeare was born in 1564 .Although the full results from the study are not expected until later this year, an initial analysis showed heart rates rising as audience members become aware a moment of violence may be imminent.
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