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Re: Authenticity
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0272  Wednesday, 30 January 2002

[1]     From:   Brian Willis <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 29 Jan 2002 20:44:13 -0800 (PST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.0236 Re: Authenticity

[2]     From:   Martin Steward <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 30 Jan 2002 09:35:55 -0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.0236 Re: Authenticity

[3]     From:   Martin Steward <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 30 Jan 2002 09:40:19 -0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.0236 Re: Authenticity


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From:           Brian Willis <
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Date:           Tuesday, 29 Jan 2002 20:44:13 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 13.0236 Re: Authenticity
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0236 Re: Authenticity

> Sam Small wrote,
>
> >the leading actor arranged the play around himself
>
> I've been quite curious about this. How do we know
> that the lead did the
> arranging? I haven't found any statements to that
> effect. Would love to
> hear about any.

I have similar doubts. We KNOW Shakespeare did not take leading parts in
his own plays. Indeed, recent scholarship has suggested that putting up
plays were truly a COMPANY effort for COMPANY profit.

Brandon Toropov:

> Having now seen work at the New Globe, I wish there
> were a similar stage
> in every major city in the U.S. -- the productions
> there are authentic
> and involving in a way no other theatrical
> experience has ever been for
> me. That's the ideal medium, of course.

I agree with the absolute importance and difference involved with New
Globe productions. Many critics and even scholars scoff at it, but I
absolutely love the building. Now if we could just convince Mark Rylance
that some of his ideas about authorship are completely unfounded...

Brian Willis

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From:           Martin Steward <
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Date:           Wednesday, 30 Jan 2002 09:35:55 -0000
Subject: 13.0236 Re: Authenticity
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0236 Re: Authenticity

Brandon Toporov manages to describe the radio as Shakespeare's "'best'
medium" and the New Globe his "ideal medium".

Well, this covers the extremes! It just goes to show that the plays will
probably work well in any medium, given a bit of effort.

m

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From:           Martin Steward <
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Date:           Wednesday, 30 Jan 2002 09:40:19 -0000
Subject: 13.0236 Re: Authenticity
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0236 Re: Authenticity

Apparently Sam Small wrote that "some plays were written for a small,
royal audience" [quoted from Steve Roth's post].

I'd be interested to know which plays. I was under the impression that
there were no plays [as opposed to masques or "entertainments"] written
specifically for a royal audience.

Cartwright's The Royal Slave was written for Christ Church College Great
Hall. Even Jasper Mayne staged his plays elsewhere before taking them to
court. If there are examples that I know not of, please cite them, as
I'd like to find them and read them.

Having said all this, the staging area at Whitehall was not that small,
but it was incredibly crowded, if contemporary accounts are to be
believed. One cannot really imagine them being very quiet places to
watch an entertainment.

m

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