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Re: London and Stratford Seasons
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0418.  Friday, 26 May 1995.
 
(1)     From:   Bob Gingher <
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        Date:   Friday, 26 May 1995 02:30:37 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0411 Re: London and Stratford Seasons
 
(2)     From:   Penny Gay <
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        Date:   Friday, 26 May 1995 16:55:30 +1000
        Subj:   Productions London & Stratf
 
 
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Date:           Friday, 26 May 1995 02:30:37 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 6.0411 Re: London and Stratford Seasons
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0411 Re: London and Stratford Seasons
 
Any news/views on any of the following now running in repertory? The Royal
National Theatre--Lyttleton: Out of a House, What the Butler Saw, Absolute
Hell. The Olivier: Merry Wives, Women of Troy, Under Milk Wood. Barbican
Centre: Twelfth Night (I'm not hearing raves here...), After Easter, A
Midsummer Night's Dream, The Wive's Excuse, Measure for Measure, The Broken
Heart, Coriolanus, The Shakespeare Revue. Open Ar Theatre in Regent's Park:
Richard the III, The Music Man, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Kids of Sherdoow.
Any news on the following musicals (we're planning to see late June): Crazy for
You, Starlight Express. Or the following comedies and dramas: In Praise of
Love, Indian Ink, The Duchess of Malfi, The Woman in Black...
 
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Date:           Friday, 26 May 1995 16:55:30 +1000
Subject:        Productions London & Stratf
 
  REGARDING           Productions London & Stratford
 
A dissentient voice, I'd like to recommend the *Shrew* at Stratford as exciting
and challenging, with a powerful and affecting Katharine from Josie Lawrence
(Michael Billington said 'a future Lady Macbeth or Cleopatra' and I entirely
agree), especially in her treatment of the last speech.  I also think Gale
Edwards' (director's - first woman ever to direct *Shrew* at Stratford)
editorial decisions about the end of the play are fascinating.  You have to be
prepared to accept a post-modernist (stylistically eclectic) and intelligently
feminist approach to the play: Edwards splits it virtually into 2 plays
happening at once: the superficial comedians can't see the serious story
happening in their midst.  And all cleverly contained within the Sly framework.
 
London Shakespeare, by contrast, I found bland, touristy, nice to look at but
unexciting (RSC *Dream* and *Twelfth Night*). The National's (Terry Hands)
*Merry Wives* is more interesting, with a manic Ford from Richard McCabe.  But
still basically 'heritage Shakespeare'.
 
Greetings from an Australian who's about to hit the N.American Shakespeare
festivals - any recommendations?
 
Penny Gay

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