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Re: Winter's Tale Productions
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, SHK 8.0095.  Tuesday, 21 January 1997.

(1)     From:   David Skeele <
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        Date:   Monday, 20 Jan 1997 15:56:21 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0063  Re: Winter's Tale Productions

(2)     From:   John Velx <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 21 Jan 1997 00:38:53 +0200
        Subj:   Winter's Tale Prod.


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From:           David Skeele <
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Date:           Monday, 20 Jan 1997 15:56:21 -0500
Subject: 8.0063  Re: Winter's Tale Productions
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0063  Re: Winter's Tale Productions

A good resource for finding out about past productions of THE WINTER'S TALE is
Dennis Bartholomeusz' "The Winter's Tale in Performance, 17??-19??."  I don't
remember the exact dates on the subtitle and the title may not even be exactly
right, but you should be able to find it searching by author.  Good luck!

                                                                David Skeele

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From:           John Velx <
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Date:           Tuesday, 21 Jan 1997 00:38:53 +0200
Subject:        Winter's Tale Prod.

I sent the note below to J. T. Louden privately, but since he is getting
response on the Listserv, I will add this to the SHAKSPER mailbox:

>Dear  Jay Louden:

>Dennis Bartholomeusz (sp?) pubd. a stage hist. of the play not too many
>years ago.  One memorable RSC production (1974, I think) starred Ian
>McKellen as Leontes with a Lapland motif including cave paintings on the
>cyclorama and a walrus tusk carved with runes for the oracle.  Do look
>this one up.  I myself made my debut in Shakespeare in 1965 at Rice Univ.
>as a realistic grizzly bear.  Antigonus and I played it to get alternating
>gasps and laughs out of the audience, thus imitating the play, which veers
>between comedy and tragedy.  If you want I can describe the Bear scene as
>we played it.  Another prod. of RSC later (I think this was the one that
>had a memorable Hermione with Judi Dench) did the statue scene awfully
>well.  In the Lapland production, the Bear was a Shaman wearing a wooden
>bear mask, took Antigonus by the arm in ritual fashion and led him across
>the stage and off.  Shaman came out later as Father Time carrying an hour
>glass in one hand and the mask under his other arm.  Very effective.  The
>deathbringer and the truthbringer in one "person".
>
>I love to watch the audience watch the play in W.T. productions at
>Stratford.  The audience gasps in startled recognition when the statue
>moves and comes to life.  THEY DO NOT KNOW THE PLAY.  Every director
>should know and capitalize on this.
>
>Good luck.

John Velz
 

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