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Re: *The Spanish Tragedy*
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.1257.  Friday, 26 December 1997.

[1]     From:   Joanne Walen <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 23 Dec 1997 14:40:46 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.1251  Q: *The Spanish Tragedy*

[2]     From:   Steve Neville <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 23 Dec 1997 15:26:07 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.1252  Re: *The Spanish Tragedy*


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From:           Joanne Walen <
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Date:           Tuesday, 23 Dec 1997 14:40:46 EST
Subject: 8.1251  Q: *The Spanish Tragedy*
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.1251  Q: *The Spanish Tragedy*

*The Spanish Tragedy* was at the Swan in Stratford, UK in 1997, with
Siobhan Redmond as Belimperia. All my notes are at another place at this
posting, so I can't recall other casting specifics. It played very well,
as I recall, especially with some quite convincing special effects. The
one that remains most strikingly with me is the spreading of a pool of
blood from underneath Belimperia's body after she collapses on stage at
the end. But if you're looking for recent reviews, the RSC is a place to
start.

Joanne Walen
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From:           Steve Neville <
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Date:           Tuesday, 23 Dec 1997 15:26:07 EST
Subject: 8.1252  Re: *The Spanish Tragedy*
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.1252  Re: *The Spanish Tragedy*

>The gruesome bits were duly gruesome, with a very realistic bit of
> tongue landing on the stage a few inches from the knees of the
> front row audience.

I saw this production too. Along with Cyrano, it was about my favourite
play at Stratford this year. It was truly bloodthirsty. When a friend of
mine saw it,  Heironimo's tongue landed in the lap of the lady sitting
next to her.  That is gruesome. I loved every single minute of it.

It is currently playing at The Pit (London) till January 29.   Box
Office telephone number : 0171-638-8891.  Well worth seeing.

Regards
Steve Neville

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