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Yet Another Shakespeare Spinoff
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 3, No. 225.  Friday, 18 Sept. 1992.
 
From: 		Philip Ormond <
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Date: 		Friday, Sept. 18, 1992, 14:00:11 EDT
Subject: 	Shakespeare Spinoffs
 
===> Scottish Play Curse Strikes Agian <===
 
There is a rock version of "Macbeth" entitled "From a Jack to a King" currently
playing the West End.
 
It opened on 20 Jul 1992 at the Ambassadors Theatre having been tried out at a
smaller theatre (Boulevard) where it opened on 13 Feb 1992.
 
The musical is by Bob Carlton ("Return to the Forbidden Planet") and was
directed by Matthew Devitt who also plays the lead.
 
Singer Eric Glamis, marketed as Thane Cawdor briefly replaces the Presley
clone, Terry King. Egged on by Queenie (thigh-high boots & Tina Turner
coiffure), Eric tampers with the wheels of the motorbike riding King ("Is this
a spanner I see before me" - "Who would have thought his motorbike had so much
oil in it?").
 
Standard songs include "Shaking All Over" and "Quivers Down My Backbone" for
the ghost scene; "You've Lost That Loving Feeling" to mark the change in the
Glamis/Queenie relationship after the deposing of King.
 
The set, liberally laced with dry-ice, is a tin-roofed replica of the Globe.
Reviews were "mixed".
 
Philip Ormond
THEATRE DESPATCH
 

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