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Re: Stratford Ontario's 50th
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1981  Monday, 13 August 2001

[1]     From:   Melissa D. Aaron <
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        Date:   Friday, 10 Aug 2001 08:39:10 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1972 Re: Stratford Ontario's 50th

[2]     From:   John Ramsay <
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        Date:   Friday, 10 Aug 2001 17:13:25 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1961 Re: Stratford Ontario's 50th


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From:           Melissa D. Aaron <
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Date:           Friday, 10 Aug 2001 08:39:10 -0700
Subject: 12.1972 Re: Stratford Ontario's 50th
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1972 Re: Stratford Ontario's 50th

>>I wish I had seen Hutt do the part.  I did see William Hutt play
>>Falstaff in _Merry Wives_ at Stratford, Ontario, in the early
>>80s.  Hutt
>>was, quite simply, the best Falstaff I had ever seen.
>
>It is one of my life's ambitions to get to both Stratfords, but my
>favorite Falstaff to date (and favorite Iago as well) was the late
>Stephen Hemming of the Milwaukee Rep and American Players Theatre in
>Wisconsin.  He did the role in an APT production of Henry IV, part one,
>and was memorable to me for his rascally sweetness, and much-abused
>affection for his "sweet wag", Hal.

I"d like to second this.  I have a costume design on my wall, showing
Hemming as the Prologue/King in Henry V, and well remember his
brilliance and versatility.  Once, in *She Stoops to Conquer*, Hemmings
as Mr. Hardcastle offered all the furniture in the house to Marlowe.
Earlier in the scene, someone had put a table down so that one of the
feet broke off, so Hemmings added. . . "even the broken stuff!"  The
audience howled.  It's nice to know that other have fond memories of
this actor who wasn't with us nearly long enough.

In re William Hutt:  He is simply the best Prospero I have ever seen.

Melissa Aaron

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Date:           Friday, 10 Aug 2001 17:13:25 -0400
Subject: 12.1961 Re: Stratford Ontario's 50th
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1961 Re: Stratford Ontario's 50th

> The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1961  Thursday, 9 August 2001
> Mary Jane Miller writes, "William Hutt was the best Fool I have ever
> seen.  He played him as an aging old school chum and hanger on."
>
> I wish I had seen Hutt do the part.  I did see William Hutt play
> Falstaff in _Merry Wives_ at Stratford, Ontario, in the early 80s.  Hutt
> was, quite simply, the best Falstaff I had ever seen. He slowed down his
> delivery and rendered F's prose rhythmically: the result was that the
> audience could understand every word. And he played Falstaff as man who
> knows that he is mirth, and the source of mirth in others. This Falstaff
> expected to have jokes played on him, and was good-natured about -- and
> rather resigned to -- his inevitable comeuppance.  In short, he was
> delightful.
>
> Anyone for forming a William Hutt fan club?

A very versatile actor. Lead role in Richard II, Chorus in Henry V, did
a Restoration comedy in drag. Did Feste in 12th Night, singing 'Mistress
Mine' when he'd never sung a note before.

TV series as Canada's bibulous and railway building PM.

Switched from the Stratford to the Shaw Festival, then back.

A fan club for him? Possibly, but so many older actors are coming back
for the 50th.

Plummer, for sure. Douglas Campbell, Douglas Rain?

Perhaps a fan club for all those early actors who helped make Stratford
Ontario the institution it now is?

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