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Billy Connolly at The Globe
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1002  Wednesday, 10 April 2002

From:           Martin Steward <
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Date:           Tuesday, 9 Apr 2002 17:45:08 +0100
Subject:        Billy Connolly at The Globe

I saw an episode of "Billy Connolly's World Tour of Britain" (joke) last
night, BBC1. This week he was in London to do a gig at Shakespeare's
Globe.

He approached in a river-boat, and told us that this was how many of the
theatre-goers would have arrived.

Pshaw!

And he also said that the new theatre was built "exactly" as the
original had been.

! ! ! !  ? ? ? ! ! !

What is more, standing at the top of Westminster Tower next to Big Ben,
he came out with this incredible cock-and-bull story (pardon the pun)
about how Guy Fawkes (1570-1606) had his genitals crushed between
clapper and bell immediately after his arrest. This was delivered as if
it were documented truth! (The programme mixes comedy performance with
documentary travelogue).

Suddenly all the stuff I thought I'd learnt about Cork, Belfast,
Newcastle, etc. seemed worthless.

Looked like a funny gig, mind...

m

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