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Re: Beale Hamlet
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0999  Tuesday, 1 May 2001

[1]     From:   Mike Jensen <
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        Date:   Monday, 30 Apr 2001 12:17:23 -0700
        Subj:   Beale Hamlet Book

[2]     From:   Marcus Dahl <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 1 May 2001 05:39:26 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.0883 Hamlet, Starring Simon Russell Beale


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From:           Mike Jensen <
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Date:           Monday, 30 Apr 2001 12:17:23 -0700
Subject:        Beale Hamlet Book

Those who enjoyed the RNT's current production of *Hamlet* with Simon
Russell Beale, may want to check out the book *Hamlet Observed: The
National Theatre at Work* by Jonathan Croall.  At just seven pounds, the
price is good even if it does not look like a very substantial book.  It
is 80 pages, 17 of which are photographs.

The author sat in on rehearsal and previews, quotes company members, and
discusses the first part of the international tour.  That is a lot to
cover in the 63 pages of text.  My own interest is in interpretation and
the reasons for interpretation, and cuts along with other production
decisions and the affect they had on the meaning of the play.  I have
not read the book yet, but skimming it, it seems light in these areas.

If it is of interest, it can be purchased through the RNT's bookshop.

http://www.nt-online.org/home.html

All the best,
Mike Jensen

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From:           Marcus Dahl <
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Date:           Tuesday, 1 May 2001 05:39:26 EDT
Subject: 12.0883 Hamlet, Starring Simon Russell Beale
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0883 Hamlet, Starring Simon Russell Beale

I've just read Charles Weistein's review of Beale's Hamlet. I haven't
seen the show and have no opinion of its merit - but the review -
positively excellent - the art of posture and strut - sounds like Bloom
(Harold) playing the blues with a Shakespeare induced hangover.

All the best,
Marcus.

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