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Re: New Directions Conference
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2213  Tuesday, 25 September 2001

[1]     From:   Stephen Dobbin <
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        Date:   Monday, 24 Sep 2001 10:08:06 +0100 (BST)
        Subj:   Takashi's Conference. Stratford's King John

[2]     From:   Thomas Larque <
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        Date:   Monday, 24 Sep 2001 17:22:28 +0100
        Subj:   New Directions Conference


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From:           Stephen Dobbin <
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Date:           Monday, 24 Sep 2001 10:08:06 +0100 (BST)
Subject:        Takashi's Conference. Stratford's King John.

I have just returned from an exhilarating weekend at Stratford on Avon,
attending the conference on "New Directions in Biographies of
Shakespeare, Marlowe and Jonson" organised by Takashi Kozuka from the
Centre for the Study of the Renaissance, University of Warwick, who is a
frequent contributor to this list.

It was the kind of occasion that made me, at one and the same time,
droolingly envious of those who have careers in academic scholarship yet
pathetically grateful that I don't have to spend my life in that milieu.
If anyone is interested I may try to jot down some impressions of  the
weekend and post them to SHAKSPER when I have a bit more time.

In the meantime I wanted to alert SHAKSPER members in England, or
visiting England, to a current RSC production of King John, which I
can't recall being mentioned on the list. My advice is don't miss it. In
fact, go out of your way to see it.

It is riveting from beginning to end, moving to the point of tears,
frightening, funny, and - if you only know the 'standard' history plays
- King John comes as something a shock! But above all it is the
theatricality and clarity of the production that is so praiseworthy. I
have never read, worked on, or seen King John, knew nothing of the plot
and didn't buy a programme. But I came out of the theatre with very
clear picture of the play and it's dramatic landscape, a new desire to
read KJ, Troublesome Reign and some of the literature surrounding their
composition and relationship to each other, and feeling a need to
re-examine some of the arguments about Shakespeare's Catholicism or lack
thereof. Not a bad harvest for the price of a ticket, I thought!

Productions of King John don't come along very often and I imagine
really good productions are even more rare. This is a real collectors
item.

Stephen Dobbin

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From:           Thomas Larque <
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Date:           Monday, 24 Sep 2001 17:22:28 +0100
Subject:        New Directions Conference

I have just returned from the "New Directions" Conference organised by
Takashi Kozuka of the University of Warwick's Centre for the Study of
the Renaissance.  As an enthusiastic Shakespearean who has never
previously attended a Conference, I was delighted by the erudition and
entertainment value of the lectures and the opportunity to spend two
full days listening to talks about Shakespeare, Marlowe and Jonson for
less than the price of a single evening watching the RSC.  I would like,
therefore, to extend my congratulations and compliments to everybody
involved in the Conference, particularly to Takashi Kozuka and the many
emminent speakers.

I would also like to thank Hardy and the SHAKSPER list for bringing the
Conference to my attention in the first place.

Thomas Larque.

"Shakespeare and His Critics"
http://ds.dial.pipex.com/thomas_larque

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