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Re: Recent Stagings of "Antony and Cleopatra"
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.2153  Wednesday, 22 November 2000.

From:           Peterson-Kranz Karen <
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Date:           Wednesday, 22 Nov 2000 02:43:38 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 11.2045 Re: Recent Stagings of "Antony and Cleopatra"
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.2045 Re: Recent Stagings of "Antony and Cleopatra"

Having just succeeded in getting back online after my recent move to the
UK, I am now going through roughly 150 SHAKSPER postings, found this,
and felt compelled to respond, however belatedly.  Herman Gollob wrote:

> the RSC's
> staging in 1999, with
> Alan Bates and a dreadfully miscast Frances de la
> Tour, who came across
> as Carol Burnett.  Bates seemed more like Falstaff
> than Antony.

Yes!  Yes!!  I saw the RSC staging in June 1999 in Stratford.  Everyone
I spoke with agreed that Bates was not terribly tragic, but most folks
were enraptured with Frances de la Tour.  Carol Burnett was EXACTLY the
person who came to my mind during the entire production, but I refrained
from saying anything (perhaps for fear of coming off like a gauche
American?!?).  Thank you, Herman...I feel vindicated.

By the way, many, many thanks to the many SHAKSPERians who wrote me with
helpful hints for my relocation to the UK.  I think our little
electronic community is quite wonderful.  I will be catching up on my
email today and will write to everyone!

Karen Peterson-Kranz

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