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Re: Patrick Stewart Videos
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0689  Monday, 27 July 1998.

[1]     From:   Hugh Howard Davis <
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        Date:   Friday, 24 Jul 1998 11:57:18 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0688  Patrick Stewart does Shakespeare

[2]     From:   Ed Taft <
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        Date:   Friday, 24 Jul 1998 11:51:22 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Patrick Stewart Videos

[3]     From:   Cindy Carter <
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        Date:   Friday, 24 Jul 1998 13:12:55 EDT
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[4]     From:   Herman Asarnow <
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        Date:   Friday, 24 Jul 1998 10:15:49 -0700 (PDT)
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        Date:   Friday, 24 Jul 1998 15:15:28 -0400
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[6]     From:   Michael Friedman <
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        Date:   Friday, 24 Jul 1998 15:33:19 -0400 (EDT)
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        Date:    Friday, 24 Jul 1998 16:35:26 EDT
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[8]     From:   Robin A. Black <
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        Date:   Friday, 24 Jul 1998 18:32:11 EDT
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[9]     From:   Virginia Byrne <
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        Date:   Sunday, 26 Jul 1998 10:47:31 EDT
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[10]    From:   Peter Groves <
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        Date:   Monday, 27 Jul 1998 09:22:37 +1000
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[11]    From:   David Levine <
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        Date:   Monday, 27 Jul 1998 02:08:46 EDT
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From:           Hugh Howard Davis <
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Date:           Friday, 24 Jul 1998 11:57:18 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 9.0688  Patrick Stewart does Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0688  Patrick Stewart does Shakespeare

Patrick Stewart was Claudius in the BBC Hamlet, starring Derek Jacobi.
It is available, but I believe that series is still very expensive.

Hugh Davis

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From:           Ed Taft <
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Date:           Friday, 24 Jul 1998 11:51:22 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        Patrick Stewart Videos

Marion Morford wants to know if there are some Shakespeare videos with
Patrick Stewart of Star Trek fame. There are lots, actually; I recommend
*Exploring a Character,* directed by John Carlaw and produced by Arts
International/London Weekend Television, which can be ordered by writing
to Films for the Humanities in Princeton, NJ. The video is 51 minutes
long and explores the characterization of Shylock by performing passages
from *MV* and then commenting on them. Stewart does the passages and
John Barton the commentary.

Also, in 1995 Stewart played Prospero in a NY Central Park production of
*The Tempest* which received a large number of reviews. The best of
them, to my mind, is Herb Coursen's "Two Versions of *The Tempest,*
published in *SRASP* 20 (1997): 72-81.

I might add that information on videos and reviews of productions can be
easily found in "The World Shakespeare Bibliography," published yearly
by *Shakespeare Quarterly* and the Folger Shakespeare Library. Just look
under the Index "Actors and Actresses" at the back of the volume. Any
academic library will have *WSB,* either in the reference section or
shelved with the other issues of *Shakespeare Quarterly.*

Hope that helps.

--Ed Taft

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Date:           Friday, 24 Jul 1998 13:12:55 EDT
Subject: 9.0688  Patrick Stewart does Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0688  Patrick Stewart does Shakespeare

There is a list of film and theater credits for Mr. Stewart at
http://www.cedarnet.org/jensen/pstewart.html.  This could get you
started searching the video websites for existing videos.

If you are looking to get students engaged, you might try to locate the
series done by John Barton and the Royal Shakespeare Company called (I
think) "Playing Shakespeare" done on BBC some years ago.  This was a
televised series, in a workshop format, by a number of actors, including
Mr. Stewart, David Suchet, Ben Kingsley, Dame Peggy Ashcroft, Ian
McKellen and others.  Mr.  Barton and the actors discuss various aspects
of performance, such as use of iambic pentameter and prose, use of
"heightened" or special tricks of language, character development from
the text, and so forth, using examples from the text.  The actors then
give a practical demonstration speaking the lines.

One of the videos in the series is a comparison of Patrick Stewart's and
David Suchet's approaches to the role of Shylock in Merchant of Venice.
Both actors discuss how they developed their character, and take turns
speaking the role.  This would give your students a glimpse into the
reasons why theater can be so much more exciting than film, and why,
after more than 400 years, these plays remain so fresh.

David Suchet is probably best known to American audiences as the actor
who plays Hercule Poirot in the PBS series "Mystery!"

The video series is quite expensive, but many university libraries have
it, and you might be able to get it on interlibrary loan.

Regards,
Cindy Carter

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Date:           Friday, 24 Jul 1998 10:15:49 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 9.0688  Patrick Stewart does Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0688  Patrick Stewart does Shakespeare

There is, of course, the BBC _Hamlet_, with Patrick Stewart as Claudius.

--Herman Asarnow, Univ. of Portland2>

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Date:           Friday, 24 Jul 1998 15:15:28 -0400
Subject: 9.0688  Patrick Stewart does Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0688  Patrick Stewart does Shakespeare

Patrick Stewart is also in Antony and Cleopatra, directed by Jon
Scofield for the RSC (1974).  A number of Star Trek episodes are
directly linked to Shakespeare, such as "Elaan of Troius" and
"Conscience of the King" from the original series (based on Taming of
the Shrew and Hamlet, respectively), and Data does Henry V in the
holodeck in the Next Generation episode called "Defector."  Tons of
one-liners and references in the Undiscovered Country, too.

The Hamlet spoof from Schwartzenegger's Last Action Hero should crack
them up.  Mind you, my all time favorite Shakespeare rip-off has to be
Vincent Price in Theatre of Blood, which features a deranged
Shakespearean actor (sic.) who takes arms against a sea of critics, and
does them in using methods from each of the tragedies.  Bloody fun
stuff.

The Reduced Shakespeare Company Radio Show features an Othello rap and
the infamous 3-minute Hamlet done in a record 27 seconds.

Tanya Gough
Poor Yorick - CD & Video Emporium

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Date:           Friday, 24 Jul 1998 15:33:19 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 9.0688  Patrick Stewart does Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0688  Patrick Stewart does Shakespeare

Patrick Stewart plays a very entertaining Enobarbus in Trevor Nunn's
*Antony and Cleopatra*, which is available on video.  The latest Writing
Company catalogue lists it for only $19.98. 1-800-421-4246 is their
toll-free number.

        Michael Friedman
        University of Scranton

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Date:           Friday, 24 Jul 1998 16:35:26 EDT
Subject: 9.0688  Patrick Stewart does Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0688  Patrick Stewart does Shakespeare

Patrick Stewart plays Claudius in a RSC production of HAMLET that is
available on video.  Hamlet is played by Derek Jacobi.

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Date:           Friday, 24 Jul 1998 18:32:11 EDT
Subject: 9.0688  Patrick Stewart does Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0688  Patrick Stewart does Shakespeare

If you're dealing with college students, then your library may have
access to the BBC Hamlet.  Stewart played the most fascinating Claudius
I've seen to date (with Jacobi as Hamlet).

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Date:           Sunday, 26 Jul 1998 10:47:31 EDT
Subject: 9.0688  Patrick Stewart does Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0688  Patrick Stewart does Shakespeare

Is there a video of his recent Tempest?

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From:           Peter Groves <
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Date:           Monday, 27 Jul 1998 09:22:37 +1000
Subject: 9.0688  Patrick Stewart does Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0688  Patrick Stewart does Shakespeare

He was a quite brilliant Enobarbus in the RSC <Ant. & Cleo.> of 1973
directed by Trevor Nunn, which was made into a video available from the
RSC (far and away the best video <A&C> available).   He has a
marvelously operatic voice-range which is simply wasted on TV.  Let me
know if you need more details: the video's at home and I'm emailing from
work.

Peter Groves,
Department of English,
Monash University,
Melbourne

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Date:           Monday, 27 Jul 1998 02:08:46 EDT
Subject: 9.0688  Patrick Stewart does Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0688  Patrick Stewart does Shakespeare

Patrick Stewart played Enobarbus in the RSC ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA
directed by Trevor Nunn and broadcast here around 1973.

He also played a really memorable, extremely dangerous Claudius in the
BBC HAMLET with Derek Jacobi and which was broadcast here around 1980.
And he was a prominent participant in that wonderful John Barton series
PLAYING SHAKESPEARE, which was broadcast here in 1984 or 5.  There are
probably many other things he did in the UK, but I don't know about
them. Someone else almost certainly will, though.

By the way, as long as I'm here...does anyone know if those John Barton
tapes are available for purchase or rental?  I found them a little bit
like dying and going to heaven.  But then, they also coincide with one
of my obsessions....
 

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