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Re: Canadian Adaptations of Shakespeare
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1338  Sunday, 3 June 2001

From:           Richard Nathan <
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Date:           Friday, 01 Jun 2001 20:54:39 +0000
Subject: 12.1318 Canadian Adaptations of Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1318 Canadian Adaptations of Shakespeare

Jennifer Ailles asked about Canadian adaptations of Shakespeare.  I do
not know of any from personal experience, but in the playbill for the
Stratford, Ontario production of "HAMLET" last year, Skip Strand (a
professor of English and dram studios at Glendon College at York
University in Toronto) listed a number of original plays that were
spun-off from "HAMLET," and stated that all but three of the plays were
Canadian.

The plays he listed were:

1. "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead"  (I know that one isn't
Canadian).
2.  "Claudius"
3.  "Elsinore"
4.  "Fortinbras"
5.  "Gerturde and Ophelia"
6.  "Hamlet Machine"  (isn't that one German?)
7.  "Haunted House Hamlet"
8.  "Mad Boy Chronicle" and
9.  "Hamlet's Room."

I'm not sure which six of these are Canadian.

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