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Shakespearean Spinoffs
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 1, No. 105. Sunday, 18 Nov 1990.
 
 
(1)   Date:   Sun, 18 Nov 90 18:01:28 EST                    (14 lines)
      From:   Lawrence Schimel <SCHLAWD@YALEVM>
      Subject:      Spinoffs from MND
 
(2)   Date:   Sun, 18 Nov 90 13:54:00 EST                    (19 lines)
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      Subject: SHAKSPEARE SPINOFFS
 
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Date:   Sun, 18 Nov 90 18:01:28 EST
From:   Lawrence Schimel <SCHLAWD@YALEVM>
Subject:      Spinoffs from MND
 
Anthony Burgess has written an opera, entitled *Oberon: a fantastic
opera*.  I believe this is a reworking of the opera, *Oberon: a romantic
and fairy opera* by J(ames) R(obinson) Planch'e.  The music for both
pieces was by Carl Maria von Weber.  They were both published in a
book, credited to Burgess, and published by Hutchinson in 1985.  In
the front was a facsimile of the theatre billing which introduced the
play as an opera based on *Wieland's* poem *Oberon; or, the elf-kings
oath*.  It was produced at the Theatre Royal, Covent Gardens and
opened on Wednesday, 12 April 1826.
 
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Date:   Sun, 18 Nov 90 13:54:00 EST
From:   Charles Neuringer <
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Subject: SHAKSPEARE SPINOFFS
 
More spinoffs.  Nobody so far has mentioned spinoffs in the
mystery story.  There are a fair number of mystery novels
whose titles come from Shakespeare (e.g., Heyer's ENVIOUS CASCA, or
Crispin's THE LONG FAREWELL).  Stretching my memory, there are
a few mystery novels which deal with the plays in a very direct
way.  Michael Innis' HAMLET, REVENGE deals with a murder that
occurs during a performance of HAMLET.  Ngaio Marsh's DEATH
AT THE DOLPHIN and LIGHT THICKENS are also Shakespeare-oriented.
LIGHT THICKENS is of particular interest, because the murder
takes place during a performance of MACBETH, and the reader
has to know the play's stage directions to figure out whodunit.
 
I would be interested in hearing about other mysteries that
use Shakespeare as a spinoff.
 

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