The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0369 Monday, 20 April 1998.
From: Louis Marder <
Date: Sunday, 19 Apr 1998 16:00:12 -0500
Subject: Re: Stratford Floods
The following information came in a letter to Terry Bayless who is a
guest at present in my home in Evanston. She is a Shakespeare collector
from Seattle and is cataloging my collection of Shakespeare memorabilia
I thought y'all might like to know what is going on in
Stratford-upon-Avon. Send it to ALL if you think it as interesting as I
do. This is the first that I have heard of it: I quote the relevant
"I don't know if you all have seen any TV coverage of the rather
dreadful floods that have been happening here, especially in central
England, but thy are apparently the worst in 150 years. .. The river
Avon is completely over its banks and they were filming in Stratford.
It was amazing to see the theater sitting there like an island!! They
were showing the basement which is apparently 25 feet below stage level,
and there was 7 feet of water in it! The report said they mainly store
electrical stuff in the basement which is an awesome thought in itself,
but they hoped to be able to get things together for the next production
which opens in a few days; Hopefully the waters will have receded
enough so that wont need to ferry the audience there. People have been
killed there as a result of the flooding,,,,"
P.S. to JOHN MAHON of The Shakespeare Newsletter. John, it would be a
good idea to follow this story up. Roger Pringle of the Birthplace
Trust should be able to supply clippings and photos from the
press. Louis Marder, Shakespeare Data Bank.
P.P.S. to all: If any reader has an interesting object or collection
of Shakespeare memorabilia that he or she would like to have included in
our joint collection, please write with, and for, details. We have
cataloged over two thousand items from two of the five American
collections that I know about. LMarder