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Kenneth Tynan's List
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0824  Monday, 17 April 2000.

From:           Tom Dale Keever <
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Date:           Saturday, 15 Apr 2000 21:04:31 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:        Kenneth Tynan's List

I've posted a list of plays that might be a useful tool for teachers,
dramaturgs and directors.

When Kenneth Tynan created for himself the role of "Literary Manager" at
the nascent Royal National Theatre one of his first contributions was a
list of plays from the world repertoire that Lawrence Olivier and the
other directors could consult when planning the new theatre's first
seasons.  This was, quite simply, all the plays Tynan could think of
that the new National might want to consider staging.  Working from a
photocopy of the original typescript I've transcribed "Tynan's List" and
posted it on my website.

The URL is:

Tynan's orginal was very quickly compiled, used abbreviated play titles,
and listed only the playwrights' last names.  I've expanded the titles
and names, added the playwrights' dates, included titles in the original
languages when I knew or could easily find them, and even added dates
for some of the plays.  I intend to consult the list whenever I am
planning another course in theater literature or history and will share
it with my students.  I suspect artistic directors might find the list
as useful as Olivier and his colleagues did.

I confess that my photocopy was not perfectly clear, especially near the
bottom of some of the legal-sized pages.  A few titles are missing
because I could not make them out.  If anyone out there has a clearer
copy of the list and can add some titles I missed I would be very

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