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Re: Burton's Coriolanus
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1920  Tuesday, 9 November 1999.

From:           David Levine <
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Date:           Saturday, 6 Nov 1999 04:36:47 EST
Subject: 10.1909 Burton's Coriolanus
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.1909 Burton's Coriolanus

Actually, the set was done in England, but for Caedmon (Shakespeare
Recording Society). I even think it's back in print here, and yes it IS
remarkable. I recall that Burton had played the part some years before
(mid or even late fifties, if I'm not mistaken, probably at the Old Vic,
and I would give high odds there's no visual record...in fact, the audio
was a way of preserving the performance insofar as it was possible, as
well as fulfilling the company's mandate of recording every play
complete).  Another remarkable Caedmon set, with a sensational
performance that completely transcends the fact that it's just an audio
recording is The Winter's Tale with John Gielgud, which suffers from a
less-than-totally-good supporting cast.  In that case as well, the set
was preserving a famous performance of the not-so-distant past, namely
Gielgud's performance at Stratford for Peter Brook.
 

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