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Re: 1981 Cressida
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1030  Monday, 15 April 2002

[1]     From:   Tom Dale Keever <
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        Date:   Friday, 12 Apr 2002 12:00:56 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1023 1981 Cressida

[2]     From:   David Evett <
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        Date:   Friday, 12 Apr 2002 15:05:29 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1023 1981 Cressida


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From:           Tom Dale Keever <
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Date:           Friday, 12 Apr 2002 12:00:56 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 13.1023 1981 Cressida
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1023 1981 Cressida

>The 1981 RSC _Troilus and Cressida_, directed by Terry Hands is very
>sparsely documented by reviews and production records.  Carol Royle
>played Cressida, but seems to get only a passing mention from most
>critics.  If anyone can remember anything about the presentation of
>Cressida in this production, particularly with regard to her entrance
>into the Greek camp, I would be most grateful.
>
>While I'm about it, when Ian Judge directed the production in 1996, it
>seemed to me when I saw it that Victoria Hamilton's Cressida responded
>to the kissing greeting of the Greek generals politely but coldly - as
>if trying to get out of the situation with the minimum fuss.  I have
>read responses to the production that saw her as actively enjoying their
>advances.  Any recollections, opinions or adjudications?
>
>In fact, why don't we go the whole hog?  Any Cressidas entering any
>Greek camps - how did she take it?
>
>Anna.

Have a look at David Bevington's introduction to the Arden edition,
Third Series.

Also see the material David Kastan and I posted for Theater for a New
Audience last spring at:

http://www.tfana.org/2001/troilus/

The Chronology of past productions links to several other online
sources, though non-illustrate, the 1981 RSC staging.

http://www.tfana.org/2001/troilus/chron.htm

Tom Dale Keever

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From:           David Evett <
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Date:           Friday, 12 Apr 2002 15:05:29 -0400
Subject: 13.1023 1981 Cressida
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1023 1981 Cressida

When I directed *Tro* we had our small, young Cressida shoved, spun,
danced, and carried from one strong Greek warrior to another with
increasing dismay and fear; she ended up in tears, disheveled, looking
for her father and not finding him; the dialogue with Menelaus and
Ulysses that followed allowed her some time to recover her self-control,
and her relief when Diomedes displayed solicitude rather than contempt
was made clear.

David Evett

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