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Re: Antony Sher's Macbeth
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1342  Tuesday, 4 July 2000.

[1]     From:   Charles Weinstein <
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        Date:   Friday, 30 Jun 2000 21:27:42 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.1325 Re: Antony Sher's Macbeth

[2]     From:   Arthur D L Lindley <
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        Date:   Saturday, 1 Jul 2000 10:42:37 +0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.1325 Re: Antony Sher's Macbeth


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From:           Charles Weinstein <
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Date:           Friday, 30 Jun 2000 21:27:42 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 11.1325 Re: Antony Sher's Macbeth
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.1325 Re: Antony Sher's Macbeth

Reply to Mike Jensen:

Be sickened if you like; but re-read what I wrote and tell me what
doesn't amount to fair comment, however impious.  By the way, I did not
request an "apology" from Sher; nor do I want one (although a refund
would be nice).  I would simply prefer to see him play the Porter rather
than Macbeth, Autolycus rather than Leontes, and the other character
roles in which he could be truly outstanding rather than the tragic
leads in which he can only disappoint.  I did enjoy his Richard (though
it was hardly in the same league as Olivier's); but then Richard can be
played as a character part, a specimen of the comic grotesque, which is
precisely how Sher played him.  The same approach and the same qualities
will not work for Macbeth.

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From:           Arthur D L Lindley <
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Date:           Saturday, 1 Jul 2000 10:42:37 +0800
Subject: 11.1325 Re: Antony Sher's Macbeth
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.1325 Re: Antony Sher's Macbeth

I wasn't able to see Sher's Macbeth, but I did see his Tamburlaine at
the RSC a few years ago.  Being short and gay certainly didn't prevent
him from excelling in that role and I doubt it would have done so in the
Scottish play.  By the way, I've been watching his work for years and
have never noticed any of the mannerisms which supposedly identify gay
actors to Mr Weinstein.

On a related issue, Abigail Quart might be pleased to know, if she
doesn't already, that many London productions, including RSC and RNT,
are videotaped and archived at the Theatre Museum.  It's usually a good
idea to make a reservation to see them, which can be done through their
web site: <http://theatremuseum.vam.ac.uk/>.

Arthur Lindley
 

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