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Re: The Royal Shakespeare Theatre
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2439  Thursday, 25 October 2001

[1]     From:   Jim Slager <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 24 Oct 2001 10:36:13 -0700
        Subj:   Re: The Royal Shakespeare Theatre

[2]     From:   M. Yawney <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 24 Oct 2001 15:55:48 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.2434 Re: The Merchant of RST

[3]     From:   Dale Lyles <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 24 Oct 2001 20:07:31 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.2423 Re: The Royal Shakespeare Theatre

[4]     From:   Brian Willis <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 24 Oct 2001 22:52:42 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.2434 Re: The Merchant of RST


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From:           Jim Slager <
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Date:           Wednesday, 24 Oct 2001 10:36:13 -0700
Subject:        Re: The Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Stuart Manger writes:

>Might be very interesting to hear what overseas visitors feel about the RST.

I was in Stratford in September 2000 and attended performances in RSC,
Swan, and TOP.  I thought that RSC was a miserable place to see a play.
In the front rows you stare upward at actors knees.  In the balcony you
can't see actors at the front of the stage.  The seats are very
uncomfortable: too soft and too narrow.  I had a back stage tour and can
understand Stuart's comments regarding how inconvenient it is for the
actors.  Of course, there is history there (I noticed a small tag
declaring that my seat was dedicated to Lawrence Oliver) but I say tear
it down.

The Other Place is reasonably good since it is small enough that every
seat is good.  It does remind me of a high school basketball gymnasium
but it does the job.  I hope that they don't make it worse.

The Swan is the best of the three and pretty good in absolute terms.  I
hope they just leave it alone.

I would say that none of these three theaters match the three theaters
at Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland where all three theaters are
comfortable, every seat is good, and acoustics are excellent.  They are
replacing the small Black Swan Theater and its replacement will open
next season with Macbeth.  I expect that the new theater will be even
better.

[Let me point out that even though the theaters and not so hot I very
much enjoyed spending a week in Stratford and seeing 6 performances
along with several tours.  I hope to do it again before long.]

Jim Slager

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From:           M. Yawney <
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Date:           Wednesday, 24 Oct 2001 15:55:48 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 12.2434 Re: The Merchant of RST
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2434 Re: The Merchant of RST

<snip>
> The "repertoire ensemble system" will be expanded on
> three fronts. Five
> Shakespeare plays will be undertaken, three of which
> will be "late"
> plays presented "in promenade"....

What is "in promenade" supposed to mean? While walking? On a sidewalk?
Or on tour? Or in the manner of the medieval mysteries?

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From:           Dale Lyles <
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Date:           Wednesday, 24 Oct 2001 20:07:31 EDT
Subject: 12.2423 Re: The Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2423 Re: The Royal Shakespeare Theatre

I have had an idea--which possibly has been presented here before--give
the preservationists some crowbars and a couple of carts, and one night
they can take it down and haul it across the river to reassemble it.
There is some precedent.

And for Terence Hawkes, a grook from Piet Hein:

TWIN MYSTERY
To many people artists seem
   Undisciplined and lawless.
 Such laziness, with such great gifts,
   Seems little short of crime.
One mystery is how they make
   The things they make so flawless;
The other, what they're doing with
   Their energy and time.

Toiling pretentiously away,
Dale Lyles
Newnan *Community* Theatre Company [italics added]
http://newnantheatre.com

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From:           Brian Willis <
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Date:           Wednesday, 24 Oct 2001 22:52:42 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 12.2434 Re: The Merchant of RST
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2434 Re: The Merchant of RST

Is it just me or do these explanations sound absolutely confusing? In an
attempt to "change", I fear that the RSC as we know it will cease to
exist.

And how exactly does one put on some late plays in "promenade"?

My bets...can't be The Tempest because they just did it. Pericles,
Cymbeline, and Two Noble Kinsmen, all of which have not been done in a
while.

Brian Willis

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