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Re: BBC Update
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1164  Tuesday, 6 June 2000.

[1]     From:   Janet MacLellan <
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        Date:   Monday, 5 Jun 2000 14:05:09 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.1122 BBC Update

[2]     From:   John Ramsay <
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        Date:   Monday, 05 Jun 2000 15:27:54 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.1155 Re: BBC Update


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From:           Janet MacLellan <
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Date:           Monday, 5 Jun 2000 14:05:09 -0500
Subject: 11.1122 BBC Update
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.1122 BBC Update

Tanya Gough writes of her conversation with Burton Cromer,

>He did say that IF they were to do any of them, it would
>only be the top five (i.e. the five most popular), to which I replied
>that the top five would be a wonderful start.

The difficulty with this approach is that the BBC's "top five" is likely
to be determined by pedagogical and popular demand rather than by
superiority of execution. As has often been pointed out by reviewers,
the BBC fared significantly better with the lesser-known plays (e.g. 1
Henry VI) than they did with the big names.

This is not to discourage Tanya, of course. One must begin where one
can.  It is an unfortunate irony of the BBC series, however, that many
of its most successful productions are to be found among those least
likely to be seen by students and other viewers.

Janet MacLellan

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From:           John Ramsay <
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Date:           Monday, 05 Jun 2000 15:27:54 -0400
Subject: 11.1155 Re: BBC Update
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.1155 Re: BBC Update

>John Ramsay wrote to decry that Burton Cromer doesn't believe it would
>be finically worth the BBCs efforts to release the BBC Shakespeare on
>home video in the NTSC format.  He gives examples of people making money
>on Shakespeare as a counter argument.
>
>I love John's enthusiasm.  I hope that doesn't get lost in my next
>comments.  I question two of his examples.
>
> > Stratfords in England, Canada, elsewhere.
> > Other towns with Shakespeare festivals.
>
>They, of course, operate at a loss.  Most receive subsidies.

Hi, Mike and all, I specifically said Stratfords and other towns. While
the theatres may be subsidized the towns make money from the spinoffs.
That's the problem with narrow, bottom-line accounting like Burton
Cromer's.
 

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