The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0869 Thursday, 28 March 2002
Date: Monday, 25 Mar 2002 15:35:05 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Men in Tights
Brian Willis wrote,
> Any attempt at
> variation or updating of the play meets with harsh
> criticism from
> conservative circles. I'm sure that some people even
> refuse to accept a
> production that doesn't perform in period costuming.
Just back from the SAA and trying to get through the accumulated
messages. Brian's response sparked a question.
Are any of the established, professional groups which do Shakespeare (in
any part of the planet) actually doing Shakespeare in period costuming
these days? All the performances I have seen in the past few years have
been "updated" or alternatively, "stylized", as far as costuming goes,
the most popular trend being a kind of vaguely Italianate-Fascist
style. But then, I don't see that many productions beyond the
London-Stratford axis. I'm curious about what other more experienced
and far-flung playgoing listgoers have seen recently. Do men in tights
(not to mention women in wimples!) still tread upon the boards?
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