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NT Winter's Tale Reviews
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1248  Monday, 28 May 2001

[1]     From:   Stuart Manger <
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        Date:   Friday, 25 May 2001 22:58:58 +0100
        Subj:   SHK 12.1233 Nicholas Hytner on WT

[2]     From:   Karen Peterson-Kranz <
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        Date:   Saturday, 26 May 2001 04:34:33 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   NT Winter's Tale Reviews


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From:           Stuart Manger <
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Date:           Friday, 25 May 2001 22:58:58 +0100
Subject: Nicholas Hytner on WT
Comment:        SHK 12.1233 Nicholas Hytner on WT

Current Hytner / Alex Jennings production of modern-dress show of W's T
has been:

[a] ringingly crucified by The Times - arguably the most sustainedly
damning review for a major Shakespeare production in London read in
years - the O'Toole Macbeth springs unhappily to mind as a rival.

[b] praised by Michael Billington in The Guardian (doyen of London
theatre critics) as inventive, magical. moving and relevant to our day.
Both reviews available on electronic editions of respective newspapers
for either May 24th or May 25th 2001.
Both papers see the production in the light of Hytner's apparent
candidature for the upcoming directorship of the Royal National Theatre.

Stuart Manger

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From:           Karen Peterson-Kranz <
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Date:           Saturday, 26 May 2001 04:34:33 -0700 (PDT)
Subject:        NT Winter's Tale Reviews

I've been scanning the papers for reviews of Nicholas Hytner's *Winter's
Tale* with Alex Jennings at the National Theatre since it opened a
couple of weeks ago.  Finally, they are beginning to appear.  For those
who are interested, here are links to reviews from the Evening Standard
and the Times.

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/html/hottx/theatre/top_direct.html

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/0,,62-2001171165,00.html

Neither reviewer seemed to like it very much.  If anyone on the list has
seen it, do share your responses (I'm trying to decide if it's worth my
while to drive from West Wales to London to see it!).

Cheers,
Karen

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