Make a Donation

Consider making a donation to support SHAKSPER.

Subscribe to Our Feeds

Current Postings RSS

Announcements RSS

Home :: Archive :: 1995 :: June ::
Re: The Director in the Elizabethan Theater
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0434.  Thursday, 1 June 1995.
 
(1)     From:   Kate Egerton <
 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 >|
        Date:   Wednesday, 31 May 1995 10:44:31 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0429 Re: The Director in the Elizabethan Theater
 
(2)     From:   Stephen Orgel <
 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 >
        Date:   Wednesday, 31 May 1995 10:12:26 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0429  Re: The Director in the Elizabethan Theater
 
(3)     From:   Jerry Bangham <
 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 >
        Date:   Wednesday, 31 May 1995 12:27:24
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0429  Re: The Director in the Elizabethan Theater
 
(4)     From:   Andrew Gurr <
 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 >
        Date:   Thursday, 1 Jun 1995 09:59:03 +0100 (BST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0429 Re: The Director in the Elizabethan Theater
 
 
(1)----------------------------------------------------------------------------
From:           Kate Egerton <
 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 >|
Date:           Wednesday, 31 May 1995 10:44:31 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 6.0429 Re: The Director in the Elizabethan Theater
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0429 Re: The Director in the Elizabethan Theater
 
For an interesting and most rewarding view of "directorless" Shakespeare being
performed today, check out an ACTER tour.  5 well trained actors prepare a
Shakespeare play, some play as many as five roles, and the actors reherse alone
and make all the decisions there are to make.  Their _A Midsummer Night's
Dream_ a few years back was the best version I've seen of this play, on camera
or off.  Look for a tour of _Macbeth_ this fall at a university near you.
 
Kate Egerton
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
 
(2)----------------------------------------------------------------------------
From:           Stephen Orgel <
 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 >
Date:           Wednesday, 31 May 1995 10:12:26 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 6.0429  Re: The Director in the Elizabethan Theater
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0429  Re: The Director in the Elizabethan Theater
 
In INIGO JONES I pointed out that Ben Jonson, in THE MASQUE OF QUEENS, gives
Jones credit for devising "the scene of the binding of the witches" (I'm
quoting from memory--the book's too big to hold on my lap while computing). No
such scene appears in Jonson's text; which suggests that there was quite a
significant directorial function in court masques, at least, and that it wasn't
the author who performed it.
 
S. Orgel
 
(3)----------------------------------------------------------------------------
From:           Jerry Bangham <
 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 >
Date:           Wednesday, 31 May 1995 12:27:24
Subject: 6.0429  Re: The Director in the Elizabethan Theater
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0429  Re: The Director in the Elizabethan Theater
 
>Is it possible that the prompter was also a proto-director? Did the prompter
>also double as "bookkeeper"? Was he generally responsible for the playscripts
>and rolls? Wouldn't it be nice to know?
 
This is the assumption that "Edward Marston" makes in "his" series of mysteries
featuring bookholder Nicholas Bracewell.  Hardly scholarly evidence, but the
author makes a convincing case that someone would be needed to keep order with
a group of egotistical actor-shareholders.
 
There are at least five books in the series and they would be good choices for
the bookstore we were discussing a while back.
 
(4)----------------------------------------------------------------------------
From:           Andrew Gurr <
 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 >
Date:           Thursday, 1 Jun 1995 09:59:03 +0100 (BST)
Subject: 6.0429 Re: The Director in the Elizabethan Theater
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0429 Re: The Director in the Elizabethan Theater
 
The key to the question of directing the plays is surely the available time for
rehearsals. Henslowe's diary seems to propose three weeks from purchase of
playbook to first performance, a period which had to include copying the
scripts and the parts, allocating and learning the parts, organising the
costumes and props, and any actual blocking or allocation of entry and exit
doors (a tricky question, not fully answered by Bernard Beckerman's theory that
the door used for an entry routinely also served the same character for exit).
Not so much directing, more sharing and collaborating, with a long experience
to draw on and a different play each day...
 
Andrew Gurr.
 

©2011 Hardy Cook. All rights reserved.