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Re: Ben Iden Payne
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0703.  Tuesday, 24 June 1997.

[1]     From:   David M Richman <
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        Date:   Monday, 23 Jun 1997 13:41:19 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0700  Q: Ben Iden Payne

[2]     From:   Susan Brock <
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        Date:   Monday, 23 Jun 1997 16:35:13 +0100
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From:           David M Richman <
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Date:           Monday, 23 Jun 1997 13:41:19 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 8.0700  Q: Ben Iden Payne
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0700  Q: Ben Iden Payne

Ben Iden Payne had a short and tempestuous stint as director at the
Abbey.  It was an experiment in bringing an English director to this
Irish Company.  Lively correspondence on the subject among Yeats, Synge,
and Lady Gregory can be found in Saddlemyer's collection of their
correspondence "Theatre Business."  (Don't recall publisher and
date--1982, or thereabouts?)  Payne gives his own take on all this in
his memoir "The Wooden O."

David Richman

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From:           Susan Brock <
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Date:           Monday, 23 Jun 1997 16:35:13 +0100
Subject: 8.0700  Q: Ben Iden Payne
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0700  Q: Ben Iden Payne

Iden Payne's work at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre is documented in
the Theatre's archive now deposited in the care of the Shakespeare
Birthplace Trust at the Shakespeare Centre in Stratford-upon-Avon. This
includes promptbooks and photographs but, unfortunately, not the
associated business records which are in private hands. Michael Mullins'
Theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon: a Catalogue/Index to Productions of the
Shakespeare Memorial Theatre/Royal Shakespeare Theatre 1879-1978. 2 vols
(Westport CT: Greenwood Press, 1980) lists cast details and reviews. For
further information contact the Senior Librarian at the address below.

Susan Brock
Head of Academic Resource Development
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6QW
UK
Tel. (+44) 1789 201802
Fax. (+44) 1789 294911
 

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