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Re: Portrayals of Shylocks
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0465  Wednesday, 8 March 2000.

[1]     From:   Bill Gelber <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 7 Mar 2000 10:58:43 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.0451 Portrayals of Shylocks

[2]     From:   Mark Lawhorn <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 7 Mar 2000 06:31:01 -1000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.0451 Portrayals of Shylocks

[3]     From:   Evelyn Gajowski <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 7 Mar 2000 09:11:24 -0800 (PST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.0451 Portrayals of Shylocks

[4]     From:   Helen Ostovich <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 7 Mar 2000 12:36:38 -0500 (EST)
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[5]     From:   Pete Wilson <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 7 Mar 2000 09:43:05 -0800 (PST)
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[6]     From:   John Drakakis <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 7 Mar 2000 23:37:57 -0000
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From:           Bill Gelber <
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Date:           Tuesday, 7 Mar 2000 10:58:43 EST
Subject: 11.0451 Portrayals of Shylocks
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.0451 Portrayals of Shylocks

One of the most interesting to me is the "Dueling Shylocks" on "Playing
Shakespeare" by John Barton. If you can acquire this videotape, Patrick
Stewart and David Suchet square off with their interpretations and each
perform the major speeches. (Olivier's Victorian Shylock is available on
tape, as is the BBC Shylock which is Renaissance, a terrific actor whose
name suddenly escapes me.) Which reminds me, does anyone have the
documentary that the Southbank Show made about Sir Peter Hall directing
Dustin Hoffman as Shylock? I would love to see it.

Sincerely,
Bill Gelber

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From:           Mark Lawhorn <
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Date:           Tuesday, 7 Mar 2000 06:31:01 -1000
Subject: 11.0451 Portrayals of Shylocks
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.0451 Portrayals of Shylocks

For videotaped portrayals of Shylock, I would suggest the "Exploring a
Character" video in John Barton's "Playing Shakspeare" series.  Patrick
Stewart and David Suchet offer their contrasting interpretations of the
role.  My students have enjoyed this one.  Mark

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Date:           Tuesday, 7 Mar 2000 09:11:24 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 11.0451 Portrayals of Shylocks
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.0451 Portrayals of Shylocks

To Ken Adelman:

The videocassette, "Exploring a Character," in John Barton's series of
videocassettes, Playing Shakespeare, features Barton working with
Patrick Stewart and David Suchet on different representations of
Shylock.  It's also ch. 10 of Barton's book of the same title.  Many
university and public libraries have the whole series.  Hope this is of
some help.

Evelyn Gajowski

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Date:           Tuesday, 7 Mar 2000 12:36:38 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 11.0451 Portrayals of Shylocks
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.0451 Portrayals of Shylocks

There's the "duelling Shylocks" in John Barton's set of videos on
performing Shakespeare:  Patrick Stewart and David Suchet each perform
different readings or versions of Shylock.  You could toss in the
Olivier Shylock as a further choice that offers more depth than the BBC
Shylock.  I don't know about "grubby and dirty, or proper and majestic"
as appropriate performance choices however.  Stewart's Shylock is cold
and business-like; Suchet's is sensitive and self-defensive; Olivier's
is proudly assimilationist within clearly defined limits, and the BBC
Shylock is narrowly tribal.

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Date:           Tuesday, 7 Mar 2000 09:43:05 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 11.0451 Portrayals of Shylocks
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.0451 Portrayals of Shylocks

Ken Adelman <
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>Does anyone have film clips, videos, or even photos showing different
>types of depictions of Shylock?  I am interested in showing my class
>how
>the same character-this character, Shylock-may be presented as grubby
>and dirty, or proper and majestic, and I know that Shylock had been
>portrayed on stage in these ways, and more.
>
>How can I best show that, rather than merely orally describe it?

What a good idea! But doesn't this present a golden opportunity for the
students themselves to play and to show these many different Shylocks?

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Date:           Tuesday, 7 Mar 2000 23:37:57 -0000
Subject: 11.0451 Portrayals of Shylocks
Comment:        RE: SHK 11.0451 Portrayals of Shylocks

Dear Ken Adelman,

You will find photographs of performances (sets, actors etc.) in the
Shakespeare Centre in Henley Street in Stratford-upon-Avon.  They keep a
record of RSC performances and reviews.  In addition the RSC shop also
has packs of postcards detailing performances.  For example, I recently
bought a postcard of Philip Voss as Shylock in the 1998 RSC production.
Also the Jonathan Miller/ Olivier production of 1970 is currently
available on video, certainly in the UK, and, I imagine in the USA also.

If you are looking for a variety of Shylocks then you might want to look
at the Antony Sher Shylock (1996?), the Patrick Stewart Shylock (1978),
the Olivier Shylock (1970), and the Voss Shylock (1998).  Sher is
probably the most 'ethnic' and Olivier the most urbane.  There is a
Peter Zadek production of 1993 that shows Shylock as being no different
in appearance from the Christians.  There is also a Deutschestheater
production of 1986 that has Shylock at one point dressed in
concentration camp garb.  I don't recall offhand the actor who played
Shylock in that production, but it was particularly memorable for its
Georg Grosz-like depiction of Venice.

You might also look at the various ways in which Launcelet Gobbo is
depicted, and also Jessica.

I hope this is of some help to you.

Cheers,
John Drakakis
 

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