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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0486  Thursday, 21 May 1998.

[1]     From:   John Ramsay <
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        Date:   Thursday, 21 May 98 0:46:44 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0478  Re: Branagh's and Jennings's *Hamlet*s

[2]     From:   Andrew Walker White <
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        Date:   Thursday, 21 May 1998 00:47:49 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Pricing Jennings' Hamlet


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From:           John Ramsay <
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Date:           Thursday, 21 May 98 0:46:44 EDT
Subject: 9.0478  Re: Branagh's and Jennings's *Hamlet*s
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0478  Re: Branagh's and Jennings's *Hamlet*s

Hi, while on the topic of 'Hamlet' on film/video, I thought the most
effective performance was the BBC 'Hamlet at Elsinore', 1964 with Chris
Plummer, Robert Shaw as a young and virile Claudius, and the young
Michael Caine as Horatio.

Does anyone know if this version is available for rental? It is listed
on the Internet Movie Database.

John Ramsay
Welland Ontario
Canada

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From:           Andrew Walker White <
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Date:           Thursday, 21 May 1998 00:47:49 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:        Pricing Jennings' Hamlet

As an aside, I'm not sure what the ticket prices have been in NYC for
the Shakespeare Company tour, but down here in Washington, when they
arrive in a couple weeks the tickets for all three will be $47-$65.
Prohibitively expensive, highly elitist, and a bar to many interested
members of the arts community.

Someone should get word to the RSC that if they expect to do anything
more than make money with this tour, if they expect to have any lasting
artistic impact on the theatre scenes where they tour, they had damned
well better negotiate with their venues to ensure that working people,
especially working artists, can afford a seat in the gods, as they would
in England on a good night.

Their companion piece, Krapp's Last Tape, is all that I can afford for
now.  Jennings may be brilliant, the tickets may be cheaper than
airfare, but some of us have kids to feed and bills to pay.

There is an actor's organization in Washington, D.C. which would gladly
serve as a go-between to ensure that working actors/directors can get in
to see the show.  A call to the Actor's Center would be a step in the
right direction.

Andrew White
Arlington, Virginia
 

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