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Ninagawa/Hawthorne Lear
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.2120  Thursday, 2 December 1999.

From:           Jerry Bangham <
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Date:           Wednesday, 1 Dec 1999 18:50:39 -0600
Subject:        Ninagawa/Hawthorne Lear

Someone asked a while back about reactions to the new RSC "Lear."
"Variety" recently listed a collection of scathing reviews from the
London papers. It included the following snippets.

On "King Lear" directed by Yukio Ninagawa and starring Nigel Hawthorne
at the Barbican:

"What a waste of a night. When Hawthorne's Lear calls on darkness and
devils, he might just as well be ordering a nice cup of tea." Charles
Spencer, Daily Telegraph

"A torpid evening. This is how Shakespeare shouldn't be produced."
Susannah Clapp, Observer.

Not quite Lear with smurfs, but perhaps getting close.

I should be getting "Theatre Record" with a complete set of reviews in
the near future.

Jerry Bangham                      
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