The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0839. Tuesday, 12 August 1997.
Date: Monday, 11 Aug 1997 17:50:06 +0100
I just realized I don't know how the spell the last name of the actor
John Barrymore, nor do I have a reference with me. To follow-up recent
discussions about vintage audio Shakespeare, and especially to those of
you in the neighborhood of Santa Cruz, CA, Logos Bookstore has vol. 2 of
the 33 1/3 version of Barrymore's readings for the giveaway price of
$3.00. I saw it in their Shakespeare record section on 8/9. One copy.
I was in town for Shakespeare/Santa Cruz's AYLI and R3. You may skip
AYLI, unless you are driven to see yet another lack luster production.
We left at the interval. I wanted to leave a half hour sooner.
R3 was a different matter. Though heavily cut, it was a very clear,
clean accounting of the story, with a GREAT performance by Paul Whitwoth
at the usurper. It was derivative is many ways, Whitworth was on
crutches a la Tony Sher, and Bob Crowley's hanging light bulbs from the
RNT were in abundance. Instead of Olivier's crown hanging like a
chandelier overhead, they had the throne of England. Derivative,
perhaps, but very effective. Most of the important roles had strong
performances, but, as always at Shakespeare/Santa Cruz, there was great
unevenness in the company. Not the best R3 I have seen, but well worth
a look, and catch Whitworth's performance if you possibly can.