The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0841. Tuesday, 12 August 1997.
Date: Monday, 11 Aug 1997 10:36:45 -0600
I am interested in wrecking on the British coasts in the 16th century.
There is material for the notorious activity in the Cornish coastal
towns, but of course little or no direct record would give evidence of
the infamous practice. Indirect evidence comes from such items as the
delay in establishing lights and other landmarks along the western
approaches for fear that they could be moved or falsified. In a related
matter, I have searched unsuccessfully for a mariners' guide that would
warn of the dangers of wishing a mark to be the one that is anticipated
especially in ambiguous weather and after an arduous voyage. Can anyone
help? Reply off the list, please.
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.