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Re: The Royal Shakespeare Theatre
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2401  Monday, 22 October 2001

[1]     From:   Kevin De Ornellas <
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        Date:   Friday, 19 Oct 2001 13:39:51 +0000
        Subj:   London Times on Noble's Plans

[2]     From:   Janet Costa <
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        Date:   Friday, 19 Oct 2001 10:08:43 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.2400 The Royal Shakespeare Theatre

[3]     From:   David Lindley <
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        Date:   Friday, 19 Oct 2001 20:01:36 GMT0BST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.2400 The Royal Shakespeare Theatre


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From:           Kevin De Ornellas <
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Date:           Friday, 19 Oct 2001 13:39:51 +0000
Subject:        London Times on Noble's Plans

  Today's London Times has an editorial on future plans for the RSC:

    http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/0,,56-2001363179,00.html

Kevin De Ornellas
Queen's University, Belfast

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From:           Janet Costa <
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Date:           Friday, 19 Oct 2001 10:08:43 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 12.2400 The Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2400 The Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Even The Globe burned down...

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From:           David Lindley <
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Date:           Friday, 19 Oct 2001 20:01:36 GMT0BST
Subject: 12.2400 The Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2400 The Royal Shakespeare Theatre

There have been many things wrong with Adrian Noble's recent moves at
the RSC, things that have, strangely, barely made it into the serious
newspapers.  But the only thing, perhaps, that I, personally, would
agree with, is the demolition of the RST.  Yes, I owe to it my first
experience of watching Laurence Olivier and Edith Evans in Coriolanus,
an experience that was probably one of the most formative of my youth,
and is in part responsible for what I do today.  Yes, as a youth from
(relatively) nearby Wolverhampton I went three or four times every year
to that theatre.  But all the negative comments on it as a playing space
are entirely justified - and particularly so when it is occupied by a
differently trained body of actors, to whom projection into the
cavernous spaces is a real problem.

It would be an enormous pity if the Heritage lobby prevented the
demolition of what generations of actors, from its opening, knew as the
'Jam Factory'  (or, according to Sinden, the 'Ham Factory').

Professor David Lindley
Head, School of English

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