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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0212  Sunday, 27 January 2002

From:           William Proctor Williams <
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Date:           Sunday, 27 Jan 2002 10:33:10 -0500
Subject:        Cool Shakespeare

I don't recall seeing this noticed on the list.

William Proctor Williams

Travel news
Cool new venue for Shakespeare lovers

Tom Templeton
The Observer

Sunday January 20, 2002

The world's first ice theatre will open next winter, 200kms north of the
Arctic Circle. Theatre-goers will have the novel experience of watching
Shakespeare's plays performed while sitting on reindeer
hides with the Northern Lights twinkling above them.

The six-metre high replica of London's open air Globe Theatre will be
hewn from blocks of river ice and built alongside the famous Ice Hotel
in Jukkasjarvi in Swedish Lapland. From December, the theatre will host
nightly performances of the Bard's works (in English) and legends and
cultural
performances of the native Sami people.

It marks the latest expansion of an ice empire which started 12 years
ago with just one room and has grown to include a 60-room hotel, ice
bar, cinema and chapel, rebuilt in a different style each year.

The hotel owners plan to work with UK tour operators to offer theatre
packages to British tourists, who they anticipate will be the primary
market for the ice theatre.

The hotel has proved a phenomenal success since it opened, attracting
35,000 visitors and 12,000 overnight guests last winter.

Last year the Ice Hotel had filled 60 per cent of its capacity in
August, four months before it was built. And, as Queen Margaret tells us
in Henry VI part II : 'Fair lords, cold snow melts with the sun's hot
beams' - in this case towards the end of April 2003.

For further information on the Ice Hotel see www.icehotel.com

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