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Re: London and Stratford Seasons
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0411.  Wednesday, 24 May 1995.
 
(1)     From:   Luc Borot <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 23 May 1995 19:56:01 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0410  Q: London and Stratford Seasons
 
(2)     From:   Gabriel Egan <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 24 May 1995 00:31:41 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0410  Q: London and Stratford Seasons
 
(3)     From:   Bob Gingher <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 24 May 1995 04:13:12 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0410 Q: London and Stratford Seasons
 
 
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From:           Luc Borot <
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Date:           Tuesday, 23 May 1995 19:56:01 +0100
Subject: 6.0410  Q: London and Stratford Seasons
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0410  Q: London and Stratford Seasons
 
Kathryn Murphy Anderson <
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>What productions are particularly worth seeing in London and Stratford this
>summer?  I'd be interested especially in productions of 16th and 17th c.
>material, but will be happy to have other suggestions as well.
 
I saw 4 plays at the RST and Swan last month. Taming and R&J at the RST are
very poor to unbearably appalling, according to mood, indulgence or taste. The
Taming is in very bad taste, both costume, acting styles, set, are over the
top, and don't solve most painful issues, but we've debated this matter
recently on SHAKSPER, haven't we... The last 2 or 3 minutes are interesting,
but add to the puzzle of the end in a very inconclusive way.
 
The R&J cast are mostly miscast, especially the 2 leading parts... Mercutio
(Mark Lockyer) and the Friar (Julian Glover) are good to very good. I was told
the rehearsals started (6 weeks before the start, as usual at the RST) without
Romeo or Juliet (I forget which) cast. I usually like Adrian Noble's
productions, but this one is very disappointing.
 
At the Swan, on the other hand, I saw Jonson's *The Devil is an Ass*, which has
never been played since its creation in 1616; it's an excellent play and an
excellent production, very inventive, with great comic power. I also saw
Vanbrugh's *The Relapse*, which I found very good, well acted, with a few
imperfections in movement, but as this was the beginning of the season, it's
bound to improve.
 
Of course, all this is terribly partial, but there seemed to be a kind of
consensus on the two Shakespeares.
 
                                Yours,
                                                Luc Borot
 
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From:           Gabriel Egan <
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Date:           Wednesday, 24 May 1995 00:31:41 +0100
Subject: 6.0410  Q: London and Stratford Seasons
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0410  Q: London and Stratford Seasons
 
At Stratford:
 
_Devil is an Ass_ with David Troughton and John Nettles is very good indeed.
This years _Romeo and Juliet_ and _The Taming of the Shrew_ are, in my opinion,
not worth crossing the street for. Of last year's RSC stuff still playing in
London (what a regionalist view I take!) I recall nothing special either.
 
I am prepared to type in a precis of newspaper reviews if anyone is interested;
and even expand on my dislike of the above productions!
 
Gabriel Egan
Shakespeare Institute of the U. of Birmingham UK
 
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From:           Bob Gingher <
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Date:           Wednesday, 24 May 1995 04:13:12 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 6.0410 Q: London and Stratford Seasons
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0410 Q: London and Stratford Seasons
 
I will be in London for one week beginning June 19 and would be grateful
for any advice or commentary regarding current productions.
 
Sincerely,
Bob Gingher
 

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