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More Answers; Second Maiden's Tragedy
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0405  Thursday, 30 April 1998.

[1]     From:   Melissa D. Aaron <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 28 Apr 1998 09:38:08 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0396  Assorted Answers

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        Date:   Tuesday, 28 Apr 1998 09:43:53 -0500
        Subj:   Second Maiden's Tragedy


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From:           Melissa D. Aaron <
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Date:           Tuesday, 28 Apr 1998 09:38:08 -0500
Subject: 9.0396  Assorted Answers
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0396  Assorted Answers

>H.R. Greenberg asks, "if there any extensive audios or videos available
>of Sir John Gielgud in major Shakespearean roles."
>
>I'm not sure about audio performances, but the IMdB lists Gielgud's
>performances as Julius Caesar (1970, with Charlton Heston as Marc
>Antony, Jason Robards as Brutus, and Diana Rigg as Portia) and as
>Cassius in the Mankiewicz version (1953) as readily available on video.
>In addition (and this is in response to your second question as well),
>Gielgud played John of Gaunt opposite Derek Jacobi in Richard II in
>1978. This is also available on video.

He's also Clarence in the Olivier RIII.

>In response to Drew Whitehead: the version of the R[educed]
>S[hakespeare] C[ompany] complete works I saw took a couple of hours, but
>could no doubt have been cut even further.  They did a 15-minute, then a
>5-minute, then a 1-minute *Hamlet*, each funnier than the last, though
>the most memorable moment, in my judgment, occurred when one of the
>actors did "To be or not to be" absolutely straight, in a rather quiet
>and understated way: it was remarkably moving.  I do not know whether
>they have published any version of the script (I think it changes over
>time).

It's *The Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (abridged)*  Applause, 1994.
Wouldn't be without it.  And don't forget the *backwards* Hamlet.  The
group was on NPR and did their version of Hamlet in 34 seconds.  And, in
response to another question, the script also includes a version of
*Titus Andronicus* as a cooking show.

Melissa Aaron

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From:           Melissa D. Aaron <
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Date:           Tuesday, 28 Apr 1998 09:43:53 -0500
Subject:        Second Maiden's Tragedy

Thought I should mention it, since no one else has:

NeXt Theater in Evanston Illinois is doing a really nice production of
*The Second Maiden's Tragedy* by that great Jacobean playwright Anon.
Of course, they're mentioning that it *might* be *Cardenio* and
therefore *might* be partially Shakespearean.  It doesn't matter-it's a
talented young cast and they handle the ghost sequences and the
overtones of necrophilia really well.  This is its last weekend, May 1
and 2, so those in the Chicago area should hurry if they want to see
it.  I drove all the way from Madison Wisconsin to see it-three
hours-and thought it was well worth it.

Melissa Aaron
 

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