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Re: Paul Scofield
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0322  Wednesday, 8 April 1998.

[1]     From:   R. Thomas Simone <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 7 Apr 1998 11:40:38 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Scofield

[2]     From:   Jerry Bangham <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 7 Apr 1998 23:15:55 -0400
        Subj:   Re: Paul Scofield


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From:           R. Thomas Simone <
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Date:           Tuesday, 7 Apr 1998 11:40:38 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:        Scofield

My understanding was that Scofield did not want to be knighted.

Unfortunately, I have only seen him on stage twice, including a
desperately wonderful Oberon in the Cottesloe production of DREAM in
1983.  I remember not only the thrill of his great voice, but the
astonishment when as Oberon, Scofield made himself "invisible" by
stepping into the bench seating of the small audience and took a seat in
the third row about two people away from me.

My first awareness of his unbelievable voice and intensity was in the
old Caedmon audio recording of LEAR with Cyril Cusak as Gloucester and
Diana Rigg as Regan.  I nearly got fired once by playing the storm scene
and the blinding of Gloucester from this recording at levels that
disturbed the flow of academic discourse in adjoining classrooms.

While I was moved to tears by the Robert Setphens Lear in Stratford and
London a few years back, I still think of the Scofield audio recording
as the most complete presentation of the text of the play.

Best to all,
Tom Simone
University of Vermont.

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From:           Jerry Bangham <
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Date:           Tuesday, 7 Apr 1998 23:15:55 -0400
Subject:        Re: Paul Scofield

There is a Scofield website:
http://www.rowan.studio.bilp.org/wincott/scofield.htm

I have fond memories of Scofield at Stratford Ont. many years ago and
enjoyed his "John Gabriel Borkman" more recently.

Jerry Bangham
 

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