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Re: Pyramus and Thisbe Query
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2288  Thursday, 4 October 2001

[1]     From:   Tanya Gough <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 3 Oct 2001 13:03:39 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.2285 Pyramus and Thisbe Query

[2]     From:   Bruce Young <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 03 Oct 2001 11:56:19 -0600
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.2285 Pyramus and Thisbe Query

[3]     From:   Wes Folkerth <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 03 Oct 2001 11:04:37 -0700
        Subj:   Beatles Pyramus and Thisbe

[4]     From:   Kristen McDermott <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 3 Oct 2001 14:30:53 EDT
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[5]     From:   David Linton <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 3 Oct 2001 14:24:33 -0400
        Subj:   Dream's P&T

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        Date:   Wednesday, 03 Oct 2001 14:54:49 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.2285 Pyramus and Thisbe Query

[7]     From:   Kit Gordon <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 3 Oct 2001 14:56:39 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.2285 Pyramus and Thisbe Query

[8]     From:   Joanne Walen <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 3 Oct 2001 17:41:10 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.2285 Pyramus and Thisbe Query

[9]     From:   Sean Lawrence <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 03 Oct 2001 16:03:31 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.2285 Pyramus and Thisbe Query

[10]    From:   Billy Houck <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 03 Oct 2001 22:40:43 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.2285 Pyramus and Thisbe Query



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From:           Tanya Gough <
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Date:           Wednesday, 3 Oct 2001 13:03:39 -0400
Subject: 12.2285 Pyramus and Thisbe Query
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2285 Pyramus and Thisbe Query

I've been looking for this one for ages.  Perhaps someone has a taped
version they can lend you?

>Which brings up a question that I have been meaning to ask for years.
>According to Andy Davis' *The Beatles Files*, the Beatles first British
>television show was the 1963 *Around the Beatles*, which included the
>four doing a version of the Pyramus and Thisbe scene. Now, I am having
>more than my share of senior moments, but I clearly remember seeing the
>Beatles' version of the P&T scene here in the States. I have no
>recollection of when or on what television show, but I do remember it -
>I do, I do.

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From:           Bruce Young <
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Date:           Wednesday, 03 Oct 2001 11:56:19 -0600
Subject: 12.2285 Pyramus and Thisbe Query
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2285 Pyramus and Thisbe Query

I distinctly remember seeing the Beatles do the Pyramus and Thisbe scene
on television.  I wish I knew the name of the show or how to get it on
video.  I don't remember when I saw it, but it must have been 1964 or
possibly 1965.  It was definitely pre-Rubber Soul.  (Unless an earlier
taping was rebroadcast in the US--then it could conceivably have been as
late as 1966.)

My memory (how reliable I'm not sure) has the four dressed up like the
playing card characters in Alice in Wonderland (or through the looking
glass?), but it may be that their outfits were just vaguely similar.

I'd love to see that rendition of the scene again.  But my favorite
version was in a performance of MND at the Folger Shakespeare Library, I
believe in 1985.

Bruce Young

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From:           Wes Folkerth <
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Date:           Wednesday, 03 Oct 2001 11:04:37 -0700
Subject:        Beatles Pyramus and Thisbe

It's at the end of a video called "Fun with the Fab Four," which is
pretty long out of print, but you can find on Ebay (as I did twice).

Yours,
Wes Folkerth

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From:           Kristen McDermott <
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Date:           Wednesday, 3 Oct 2001 14:30:53 EDT
Subject: 12.2285 Pyramus and Thisbe Query
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2285 Pyramus and Thisbe Query

The video of the Joseph Papp Shakespeare in the Park production (the one
starring William Hurt as Oberon) of Midsummer features a marvelous
Bottom (Jeffrey DeMunn) who, at some point during P&T, has a poignant
reaction when he sees Titania standing at a distance among the (real)
trees -- I believe it's at the "fairest dame" line.  It's a lovely
moment, and as I recall, the whole P&T scene is well done, although the
production as a whole is slow-paced (and Hurt's birdlike interpretation
of Oberon is just plain odd).  It's available on video, at their usual
exorbitant price, from Films for the Humanities.

Kristen McDermott
Central Michigan University

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From:           David Linton <
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Date:           Wednesday, 3 Oct 2001 14:24:33 -0400
Subject:        Dream's P&T

The scene appears in a compilation tape of Beatles appearances in
newsreels and elsewhere.  I don't recall the name of the show.

The scene is really good, quite in an Elizabethan mode I imagine.  The
stage in the studio extends out into a screaming crown with shots of
high boxes where the dignitaries stand - perhaps Brian Epstein though
I'm not sure.  The lads do a fine job with the scene.

Regards,
David Linton

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From:           D. G. Hale <
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Date:           Wednesday, 03 Oct 2001 14:54:49 -0400
Subject: 12.2285 Pyramus and Thisbe Query
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2285 Pyramus and Thisbe Query

Try Adrian Noble's film, which started life as an RSC production.

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From:           Kit Gordon <
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Date:           Wednesday, 3 Oct 2001 14:56:39 -0500
Subject: 12.2285 Pyramus and Thisbe Query
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2285 Pyramus and Thisbe Query

Yes, Hardy, there was a Beatles' version of Pyramus and Thisbe; I saw it
too. My spouse went to Google search engine and typed in "thisby pyramus
beatles" and got 42 hits. Check it out.

Chris Gordon, Minneapolis

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Date:           Wednesday, 3 Oct 2001 17:41:10 EDT
Subject: 12.2285 Pyramus and Thisbe Query
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2285 Pyramus and Thisbe Query

<< Are there any other available (preferably on DVD) Dreams with
interesting P&T scenes that any SHAKSPERean would like to recommend that
I view. >>

A very very funny rendition of the P&T scene is in the Papp Shakespeare
in the Park MSND, the one with William Hurt as an awful Oberon.
Unfortuantely, my copy is a copy of the one held by our school
district--so I know it can be obtained "legally." Perhaps Tanya can help
with that.

Also, the RSC 1994 version is available on video, and perhaps DVD, as
well.

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From:           Sean Lawrence <
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Date:           Wednesday, 03 Oct 2001 16:03:31 -0700
Subject: 12.2285 Pyramus and Thisbe Query
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2285 Pyramus and Thisbe Query

A student of mine said that it was part of a little-known video called
Fun with the Fab Four. If you do discover a version, please let us all
know.

Se

 

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