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Re: Nudity in Shakespearean Performance
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0510.  Wednesday, 8 June 1994.
 
(1)     From:   Stephen Orgel <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 7 Jun 1994 14:51:35 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 5.0507  Re: Nudity in Shakespearean Performance
 
(2)     From:   Vinton G. Cerf <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 7 Jun 94 23:07 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 5.0502 Re: Nudity in Shakespearean Performance
 
(3)     From:   Balz Engler <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 8 Jun 1994 08:41:18 +0200
        Subj:   SHK 5.0502 Re: Nudity in Shakespearean Performance
 
(4)     From:   Luc Borot <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 8 Jun 1994 14:07:48 +0100
        Subj:   Re: nudity on stage
 
 
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From:           Stephen Orgel <
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Date:           Tuesday, 7 Jun 1994 14:51:35 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 5.0507  Re: Nudity in Shakespearean Performance
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0507  Re: Nudity in Shakespearean Performance
 
Re Wilson Knight in the gold g-string: I saw him do it in Washington,
at the Shakespeare meetings in 1976, I think. It was pretty startling.
 
S. Orgel
 
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Date:           Tuesday, 7 Jun 94 23:07 EST
Subject: 5.0502 Re: Nudity in Shakespearean Performance
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0502 Re: Nudity in Shakespearean Performance
 
The wonderful typo below from John Drakakis deserves recapitulation:
 
>PS. Keith Hack's 1976 production of Measure For Measure had Barnadine BEARING
>his buttocks to the audience- one of which (Kenneth Muir!) Shook his fist
>at the actor!
 
Did he carry his buttocks on a silver salver to them or just in his hands?
 
On my first read of this delightful P.S. I thought Barnardine had given
names to each buttock, and one was named Kenneth Muir (I bet Kenneth
has been called a lot of things before, butt...)
 
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Date:           Wednesday, 8 Jun 1994 08:41:18 +0200
Subject: Re: Nudity in Shakespearean Performance
Comment:        SHK 5.0502 Re: Nudity in Shakespearean Performance
 
Can anyone tell me what the "discussion" of nudity in Shakespeare is about?
 
Balz Engler

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From:           Luc Borot <
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Date:           Wednesday, 8 Jun 1994 14:07:48 +0100
Subject:        Re: nudity on stage
 
 
About nude acting in productions of Elizabethan plays, I was reminded of
something that I had heard of when Antoine Vitez died. As I accidentally erased
a few messages early this week, this may have been said by somebody else, so I
apologize beforehand in case of repetition. Bis repetita non semper placent.
 
I remember that there was a huge uproar about a dozen years ago (if not more)
in Paris, at the Theatre National Populaire when director-actor Antoine Vitez
played the title role of Marlowe's *Dr Faustus*, and at the beginning
progressively emerged in the nude from a wooden cabinet that looked very much
like a coffin. I saw photographs of it, but I did not see the production. When
Vitez died a few years ago several articles took this as the best token of his
personal and intellectual daring. They said that when he had finished emerging
from his box, at the end of his speech, he looked at the audience and ran away
as in a panic. I think it was an interesting and courageous choice for that
play.
 
I could try to otain more information from the Theatre Dept in Montpellier if
some are interested; there were certainly reviews in the major papers.
 
Luc Borot
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