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Re: Stratford Ontario's 50th
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1932  Thursday, 2 August 2001

From:           Mary Jane Miller <
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Date:           Tuesday, 31 Jul 2001 14:05:06 -0400
Subject: 12.1880 Stratford Ontario's 50th
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1880 Stratford Ontario's 50th

That makes four out of five for Plummer at Stratford. A young, very
virile and funny Hamlet in the 50s, a dreary and henpecked Macbeth  ( in
my opinion) in the 60s, Antony in the late 60s (I was  studying in
England) and now Lear in the 2000s.   (He also did a memorable
Aguecheek, a sardonic Bastard, and a very romantic Henry V in the 50s.)

Now he will appear after a nearly forty year gap on that stage and Lear
is such a physical challenge as well as all  the other demands of the
part. Only William Hutt with his long and uninterrupted classical
experience could get away with a Lear who sat down for much of his
brilliant performance. Still, it will be interesting to see who else is
cast.

[ now what in that post would deserve two peppers??? Eudora has some
very amusing if unfathomable ideas of what constitutes controversy.]

Mary Jane

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