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Bogdanov on TVO! (40)
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 1, No. 45. Monday, 3 Sep 1990.
 
Date:         Mon, 03 Sep 90 16:22:23 EDT
From:         Ken Steele <
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Subject:      War of the Roses comes to TVO!
 
 
     SHAKSPEReans living in or near Ontario can catch more than
20 hours of Shakespeare in the next seven weeks on TVOntario.  The
public educational network is broadcasting the seven-play cycle of
Michael Bogdanov's *The War of the Roses* Tuesday nights, beginning
tomorrow, September 4th.  This is an announcement to SHAKSPEReans
within range to *set your VCR*!  Other members of this conference
should also be aware that British and American sales are in the works
and no doubt a variety of Public Broadcasting Stations will soon offer
these plays.
 
     Bogdanov's stage productions of *Richard II*, *1 Henry IV*, *2
Henry IV*, *Henry V*, *Henry VI: House of Lancaster*, *Henry VI:
House of York*, and *Richard III* were hurriedly taped (one per day)
on-stage at the Grand Theatre in Swansea.  (Bogdanov's 1H4, 2H4, and
H5 travelled to Toronto's Royal Alexandra Theatre in 1987 as a 9.5-
hour "Harryathon.")
 
     The productions are chronologically eclectic; actor and co-
director Michael Pennington says, "We've got it all: paratroopers,
skinheads, punks, Edwardian gentlemen."  Allusions also include
Northern Ireland and the Falkland Islands, and apparently Queen
Margaret has been deliberately made to resemble Margaret Thatcher.
 
     It sounds like wonderful fun, anyway -- I look forward to
watching the plays all together on tape!
 
                                        Ken Steele
                                        University of Toronto
 

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