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Re: Shakespeare's Edward III
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.1090  Thursday, 5 November 1998.

[1]     From:   John Cox <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 04 Nov 1998 10:40:21 -0500
        Subj:   Edw III

[2]     From:   Jonathan Hope <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 04 Nov 1998 15:50:11 +0000 (GMT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.1088  Shakespeare's Edward III

[3]     From:   Joseph H. Stodder <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 04 Nov 1998 20:55:18 -0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.1088  Shakespeare's Edward III


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From:           John Cox <
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Date:           Wednesday, 04 Nov 1998 10:40:21 -0500
Subject:        Edw III

The Theatr Clwyd production toured briefly in the summer of 1987.  I saw
it at the Arts Theatre in Cambridge.  It was not called *The King and
the Countess*; it was called *Edward III*.  The company played it along
with *Henry V*, an obvious pairing.  I was pleased to see a
seldom-performed play, and the production was competent, but the play
seemed wooden, especially compared to *Henry V*.

John Cox

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From:           Jonathan Hope <
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Date:           Wednesday, 04 Nov 1998 15:50:11 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: 9.1088  Shakespeare's Edward III
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.1088  Shakespeare's Edward III

The recent 'news' that Ed3 had been officially certified Shakespearean
for the first time was journalistic distortion for the sake of a better
story - albeit impressively finessed by a crack team of Arden
spin-doctors who managed to get the papers to credit Arden with the
canonisation, even though it is Cambridge who have got their
single-volume edition out first (and Riverside who put it in their
collected before that).

My good friend Eric Sams will tell you he was there before any of them -
and this whole affair leaves only Oxford looking uncharacteristically
untrendy, with their rather lilly-livered assertion in the Textual
Companion to the effect that if they had undertaken a revision of the
canon, then Ed3 would have been the play they started with.

This is all good gossipy fun, but, as far as I know (the news reports
being so vague), we have no more evidence this year about the authorship
of Ed3 than we had last year, or the year before that.  Most people who
care about these things continue to think that it is, more or less,
Shakespearean, as most of them have done for some time now - and they
are probably right.

Jonathan Hope
Middlesex University

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From:           Joseph H. Stodder <
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Date:           Wednesday, 04 Nov 1998 20:55:18 -0800
Subject: 9.1088  Shakespeare's Edward III
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.1088  Shakespeare's Edward III

Tim--  An earlier production which may have been a U.S. premiere was
offered at the Globe Playhouse in West Hollywood, CA from 23 July to 17
August 1986.  It was a good, strong performance directed by Dick
Dotterer.  See my review of it in Shakespeare Quarterly, Vol. 3, No. 2,
Summer 1987, pp. 243-248.  Please let me know if you would like more
information about this production.

Joe Stodder
 

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