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Re: Groundlings; First Globe; Videos
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0811.  Saturday, 2 August 1997.

[1]     From:   Jeff Myers <
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        Date:   Friday, 01 Aug 1997 13:33:11 GMT
        Subj:   Standing Your Groundlings; Was Re: New Globe

[2]     From:   Gabriel Egan <
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        Date:   Saturday, 02 Aug 1997 13:15:36 -0600
        Subj:   JC at the first Globe

[3]     From:   Tanya Gough <
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        Date:   Friday, 1 Aug 1997 09:18:20 -0400
        Subj:   Excommunication


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From:           Jeff Myers <
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Date:           Friday, 01 Aug 1997 13:33:11 GMT
Subject:        Standing Your Groundlings; Was Re: New Globe

>My recent experience at the New Globe was very positive.  I stood in the
>yard a couple of weeks ago for an afternoon performance of "The Winter's
>Tale" and, though I thought the production was stunningly misguided in
>many respects, I enjoyed the experience immensely.  There were many
>standers who couldn't stand still for the full three hours, but the
>shifting and moving didn't distract me particularly.

And someone else wrote:

>I was in the 3 rd row of groundlings, and many of the
>actors made eye contact with me, as well as directing certain
>appropriate lines to other individuals in the audience. We groundlings
>plopped ourselves down on the dirt or walked away to lean against the
>wall during the short act breaks, rising and reassembling when the
>players came out again.

Is it true that they make people stand for 3 hours?  How much does one
pay for this privilege?  Do we really know that the groundlings in the
original Globe all stood for entire plays?  Sounds a bit ridiculous to
me, but I haven't been there (and won't ever be if I have to stand
through _Hamlet_, or even _Macbeth_).  I'd just as soon wear a wig or
dress in 18th-century garb to hear an original instrument performance of
Mozart.

Jeff Myers

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From:           Gabriel Egan <
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Date:           Saturday, 02 Aug 1997 13:15:36 -0600
Subject:        JC at the first Globe

> In the current issue of EMLS I speculate about the
> identity of the opening date and premiere play at
> Shakespeare's Globe in 1599.

Steve Sohmer identifies a large number of allusions to the
Julian/Gregorian calendar discrepancy in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar and
these make 12 June 1599 the ideal day to premiere the play and the Globe
the ideal venue.

Steve, would you care to identify which of the allusions would be lost
if JC opened on that day at the Curtain instead of the Globe? I ask this
because I find the evidence for the calendar allusions to be much
stronger than the evidence for the Globe being ready by early June.

Gabriel Egan

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From:           Tanya Gough <
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Date:           Friday, 1 Aug 1997 09:18:20 -0400
Subject:        Excommunication

Just a quick note to let you all know that we are temporarily sold out
of the Russian Tempest.  I'll take advance orders for the next batch,
but PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE send all requests, orders and queries directly
to me at 
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shalt be banished.

Much obliged,
Tanya Gough
 

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