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Re: Scenes in Parliament
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0029  Thursday, 8 January 1998.

[1]     From:   John Cox <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 07 Jan 1998 11:34:39 -0500
        Subj:   Parliament

[2]     From:   Helen Ostovich <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 7 Jan 1998 11:25:52 -0500 (EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0024  Query: Scenes in Parliament

[3]     From:   Michael Ullyot <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 7 Jan 1998 15:20:30 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0024  Query: Scenes in Parliament

[4]     From:   Dale Lyles <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 7 Jan 1998 21:19:55 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0024  Query: Scenes in Parliament

[5]     From:   Sean Kevin Lawrence <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 07 Jan 1998 12:06:09 -0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0024  Query: Scenes in Parliament


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From:           John Cox <
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Date:           Wednesday, 07 Jan 1998 11:34:39 -0500
Subject:        Parliament

In response to Ira Abrams' inquiry about scenes in parliament, the
opening scene of *3 Henry VI* is set in parliament, as implied in the
dialogue.  For Shakespeare, this would have been Westminster Hall, as
Bevington's note indicates.

John Cox

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From:           Helen Ostovich <
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Date:           Wednesday, 7 Jan 1998 11:25:52 -0500 (EST
Subject: 9.0024  Query: Scenes in Parliament
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0024  Query: Scenes in Parliament

Check out Act 4 of _Cataline_ by Ben Jonson:  it's set in the Senate.
Part of Act 3 of _Sejanus_, also by Jonson, is set in the Senate too.

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From:           Michael Ullyot <
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Date:           Wednesday, 7 Jan 1998 15:20:30 -0500
Subject: 9.0024  Query: Scenes in Parliament
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0024  Query: Scenes in Parliament

The most famous scene-of Richard's deposition-in Shakespeare's _Richard
II_  is set in the House of Commons, and undoubtedly a number of other
histories (esp. the Henry VI cycle) have this setting as well. The stage
directions can be nebulous but good editors (particularly those of the
New Penguin series) will note a scene's historical setting, if not
Shakespeare's intended one.

Michael Ullyot

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From:           Dale Lyles <
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Date:           Wednesday, 7 Jan 1998 21:19:55 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 9.0024  Query: Scenes in Parliament
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0024  Query: Scenes in Parliament

Doesn't Henry VI, Part 3 begin in Parliament?  Or is that Westminster?
The York boys are hanging out and scratching themselves, wherever it is.

Has anyone ever avoided getting a laugh on Henry's line about getting
the hell out of there when he hears Margaret's on her way in?  We just
rolled with it, because it is pretty funny, actually.

Dale Lyles
Newnan Community Theatre Company
Newnan, GA

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From:           Sean Kevin Lawrence <
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Date:           Wednesday, 07 Jan 1998 12:06:09 -0800
Subject: 9.0024  Query: Scenes in Parliament
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0024  Query: Scenes in Parliament

What about the trial of Katherine at Blackfriar's in Shakespeare's
_Henry VIII_?

Cheers,
Sean
 

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