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Re: Old Bill
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1008  Wednesday, 10 May 2000.

[1]     From:   Terence Hawkes <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 9 May 2000 13:05:17 -0400
        Subj:   SHK 11.0991 Re: Old Bill

[2]     From:   Werner Broennimann <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 10 May 2000 11:30:30 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.0976 Old Bill and Related Topics


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From:           Terence Hawkes <
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Date:           Tuesday, 9 May 2000 13:05:17 -0400
Subject: Re: Old Bill
Comment:        SHK 11.0991 Re: Old Bill

Dear Marilyn Bonomi:

It seems to me that the present situation in Northern Ireland is
entirely relevant to the issues at stake in a number of Shakespeare's
plays. The question of the use of the new Globe Theatre to placate
visiting Chinese dignitaries also falls well within our remit. To
pretend otherwise is to adopt a deeply political position, the more
powerful for being covert, or at best insouciant. Your phrase 'the Irish
Question' confirms as much.  Would we really be better off swapping
inanities with Sarah Boswell about the times when we were 'touched in
some special way' in the theatre? Only medication restrains my ribaldry.

Terence Hawkes

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Date:           Wednesday, 10 May 2000 11:30:30 +0100
Subject: 11.0976 Old Bill and Related Topics
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.0976 Old Bill and Related Topics

The implication of political rulers in unlawful acts is one of
Shakespeare's concerns in Richard II.  "Have I no friend will rid me of
this living fear?" is Bolingbroke's question as, perhaps wrongly, quoted
by Exton (5.3.2).  At any rate, Shakespeare also resorted to radical
plot devices when he had to get rid of figures no longer needed: Send in
the bears.

Werner Br

 

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