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Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 7, No. 0289.  Wednesday, 19 April 1996.

(1)     From:   Eileen Flanagan <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 16 Apr 1996 19:15:00 +0000
        Subj:   UK Shakespeare Week

(2)     From:   David Thomson <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 16 Apr 1996 20:21:13 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   SHAKSPER on the Web

(3)     From:   James Harner <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 17 Apr 1996 11:46:36 -0500 (CDT)
        Subj:   Birmingham Shakespeare Library


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From:           Eileen Flanagan <
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Date:           Tuesday, 16 Apr 1996 19:15:00 +0000
Subject:        UK Shakespeare Week

Please pardon me if information about UK television Shakespeare productions has
been posted.  As a new member, I'm still slogging my way through the pages and
pages of monthly logs, so I may have missed it.

I heard that there may be new productions broadcast to commemorate WS birthday.
I've checked the web sites for the BBC, Time Out, London Calling, and the
Sunday Times, and haven't heard a peep.

An aside:  I wonder if anyone out there saw Larry King interviewing Sir Ian
McKellan about the RICHARD III film about 4-6 weeks ago?

LK: 'So wadda ya think Bill would say about his plays being made into movies?'

BILL?!?!?!?!   BILL?!?!?!?!?!?  from Larry King?!?  I was all astonishment.

VTY, Eileen Flanagan

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Date:           Tuesday, 16 Apr 1996 20:21:13 -0700 (PDT)
Subject:        SHAKSPER on the Web

Dear SHAKESPER participants,

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Date:           Wednesday, 17 Apr 1996 11:46:36 -0500 (CDT)
Subject:        Birmingham Shakespeare Library

Niky Rathbone, Head of Services at the Central Library, Birmingham, has asked
that I forward the following description of the Library's Shakespeare
collection.

     Jim Harner


                        THE BIRMINGHAM SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY

The Library was founded in 1864 by the local Shakespeare Club, who donated a
small collection of books to form the nucleus of the collection. The aim, as
stated by George Dawson, President, was that the Library should contain, as far
as practicable, "every edition and every translation of Shakespeare, all the
commentators, good, bad and indifferent; in short, every book connected with
the life and works of our great poet, I would add portraits of Shakespeare and
all the pictures, etc. illustrative of his work."

The Library contains copies of each of the First, Second, Third and Fourth
Folio editions of Shakespeare's work. The First Folio, 1623, is the first
collected edition of Shakespeare's works, and the earliest source for about
half his plays, making it one of the most important books in the English
language. The Library also holds over seventy editions of the separate plays
published before 1709, including three Pavier quartos, published in 1619, but
falsely dated to make them appear earlier. The holdings of Restoration
adaptations are particularly good. Most English editions of the complete works
are represented, from the first illustrated edition, edited by Nicholas Rowe in
1709, to the present, together with a comprehensive collection of criticism. In
the Library it is possible to satisfy enquiries ranging from primary school
project work to GCSE student level through every possible subject relating to
Shakespeare. The Library also contains foreign criticism and editions in 93
languages, with particularly strong holdings in French and German.

Production material is particularly well covered, with extensive collections of
performance reviews, programmes, photographs, playbills and posters, British
and foreign. The Library has the complete BBC TV Shakespeare series on video,
and most commercial Shakespeare video releases, for reference use. There is a
small collection of recordings, and a number of prompt books, including
examples from the Birmingham Theatre Royal and some of Frank Benson's. There
are also three sets of nineteenth century scrapbooks containing illustrations
to the plays.

The Birmingham Shakespeare Library was originally located in the Shakespeare
Memorial Room. A separate leaflet is available on the Room, which is now used
for meetings and only open to the public by special arrangement. The bookstock
of the Library is part of the Arts, Languages and Literature section of
Birmingham Central Library, located on Floor 3. Other holdings which might be
of interest are the Birmingham Repertory Theatre Archives and the general
holdings on performance arts and literature. For detailed enquiries it is
advisable to make an appointment with the Shakespeare Librarian.

The Library is open Monday to Friday: 09.00-20.00, Saturday 09.00-17.00.
Central Library, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham B3 3HQ U.K. Telephone: 0121 235
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