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Re: Performances and BBC
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, SHK 7.0762.  Wednesday, 23 October 1996.

(1)     From:   Steve Sohmer <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 22 Oct 1996 11:43:31 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 7.0758 Re: Performances and BBC

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        Date:   Tuesday, 22 Oct 1996 12:08:12 -0600 (MDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 7.0758  Re: Performances and BBC

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        Date:   Tuesday, 22 Oct 1996 23:44:51
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From:           Steve Sohmer <
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Date:           Tuesday, 22 Oct 1996 11:43:31 -0400
Subject: 7.0758 Re: Performances and BBC
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0758 Re: Performances and BBC

The complete library of the BBC Shakespeare plays is available from your local
PBS affiliate. If you're a member, the cost for the 38 tapes is about $2500 as
I remember.

Hope this helps.
Steve

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Date:           Tuesday, 22 Oct 1996 12:08:12 -0600 (MDT)
Subject: 7.0758  Re: Performances and BBC
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0758  Re: Performances and BBC

> This series might be better remembered and more often discussed if those of us
> who are not academics had access to it.  At least in the United States,
> videotapes of the BBC Shakespeare Plays series are not readily available.
> About 7 or 8 of the better-known plays can be found at good public libraries,
> but the more obscure ones (which are by general report the better productions,
> for the most part) are impossible to find.  If anyone knows where a
> non-academic could find some of these videos, I'd be grateful for the
> information; I'd love to see performances of some of the plays I've only read.

I agree heartily!

(always wanted to use that word in a sentence...)

I was even considering at one point, getting a NTSC/PAL videocassette player
for them, because the BBC only sells them in PAL. ( But I couldn't find one
that was stereo, let alone outputted to a NTSC TV )

Ah well. If anybody had information on how to get either:

        NTSC ('american' video cassette tape format)
        laserdisc
        dvd

versions of these plays, I'd appreciate it.

Or alternatively, a NTSC/PAL stereo video cassette player which outputs in
NTSC.. After all -- the rest of the world uses PAL, we use NTSC.. might open my
horizons a bit.

Ed

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From:           Juul Muller <
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Date:           Tuesday, 22 Oct 1996 23:44:51
Subject: 7.0758  Re: Performances and BBC
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0758  Re: Performances and BBC

Juliet Youngren wants to know where to get Shakespeare videos and complains
that they are hard to find in the United States. I am very willing to help, but
would like to take the opportunity to enquire if Americans realise quite how
USA-oriented many of the discussions on this list are (especially about the
profession)?

The BBC, of course, is the best place to buy BBC videos. They are based in
London (The BBC Shop, off Oxford Street).

The Royal Shakespeare Company also offers videos, among which are RENAISSANCE
CLASSICS (Olivier in The Merchant; Judi Dench in C of E; Guiness and Richardson
in 12th N and Janet Suzman in Ant. & Cl.) ; The Branagh-directed 12th N and
Much Ado; Zeffirelli's R&J, The Taylor/Burton Shrew, Polanski's Macbeth; The
Olivier Hamlet, Richard III and Henry V and RSC's own Othello (McKellen and
White) and Macbeth (Dench and McKellen).

The RSC has a phone line (INT.DIAL +44 1789 296 860) and two 24-hour fax lines
(44 1789/ 412 639 or 296196 ) and takes major credit cards. Oh yeah, in London
it is five hours later than in New York!

Happy hunting.
Julie Muller
Hogeschool Holland
Amsterdam
 

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