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RE: London and Stratford Seasons
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0421.  Saturday, 27 May 1995.
 
(1)     From:   Thomas H Blackburn <
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        Date:   Friday, 26 May 1995 09:50:40 +0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0418  Re: London and Stratford Seasons
 
(2)     From:   Roger D. Gross <
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        Date:   Friday, 26 May 1995 14:45:37 -0500 (CDT)
        Subj:   London theatre
 
(3)     From:   Jerry Bangham <
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        Date:   Friday, 26 May 1995 23:32:10
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0418  Re: London and Stratford Seasons
 
 
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From:           Thomas H Blackburn <
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Date:           Friday, 26 May 1995 09:50:40 +0000
Subject: 6.0418  Re: London and Stratford Seasons
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0418  Re: London and Stratford Seasons
 
I saw the current RSC "Dream" in Stratford last summer and both enjoyed the
production and learned from the interpretation. Debts to Peter Brook are pretty
clear in setting and some of the business, but the atmosphere created focusses,
as I saw it, on the semi-conscious magic of the transformations that occur in
the wood. I summed this up at the time by suggesting that the play contained
equal elements of dance and trance, almost a psychedelic minuet, as it were.
Bottom, on the other hand, was as firmly grounded in the mundane and sensual as
he must be. In short, I recommend attendance to anyone who can get a ticket.
Enjoy, Tom Blackburn
 
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From:           Roger D. Gross <
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Date:           Friday, 26 May 1995 14:45:37 -0500 (CDT)
Subject:        London theatre
 
Bob Gingher asks about UNDER MILD WOOD (etc.).  I am thoroughly conflicted
about it.  The production contains some of the most amazing visual effects I've
ever seen...mostly very complicated forms of flying. The show is well acted in
most roles.  The visual effects did seem supportive of the content of the
script.   Yet.......I came away with two feelings: I loved the evening of
theatre and I wanted to go home and produce the play in a small room with
absolutely NO scenic support.  In retrospect, it seems clear that much of the
astonishing word-power of the script was lost in the large scale and technical
brilliance of the production.  But don't miss it.  It will carve a few vivid
images deeply into your mind.
 
Roger Gross
Univ. of Arkansas
 
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Date:           Friday, 26 May 1995 23:32:10
Subject: 6.0418  Re: London and Stratford Seasons
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0418  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,
 
Strange and kind of interesting.  An impressive troupe, but not the best show
to fully demonstrate their abilities.
 
>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.
 
Great fun, if you don't take the Bard too seriously.
 
>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...
 
I'd add Arcadia, if it is still on.  Also, if it is still on, I'd rate She
Loves Me way over the musicals you mention.  Starlight is fun if you want to be
blown away by tech.  It was worth the 5 pounds I paid for standing room, but
I'd of hated to have paid much more.
 
Be sure to see what is on at the Tricycle, the Almedia, Hampsted, etc.
 

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