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Re: Henry VI
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1270  Thursday, 9 May 2002

[1]     From:   Brian Willis <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 8 May 2002 11:53:45 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1263 Re: Henry VI

[2]     From:   Larry Weiss <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 08 May 2002 03:08:17 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1263 Re: Henry VI

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        Date:   Thursday, 09 May 2002 15:48:04 +1000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1263 Re: Henry VI


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From:           Brian Willis <
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Date:           Wednesday, 8 May 2002 11:53:45 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 13.1263 Re: Henry VI
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1263 Re: Henry VI

Marcia,

Thanks for the response. I am also interested to find out what is
usually cut from the plays in an abridged production. I've never seen an
abridged production, but my guess is that the Talbot scenes from Part
One are heavily excised. Am I correct? Has anyone researched this and
know the answer? Could you let us know after you see them about the
production and what was cut? Thanks and I hope it's a great show. :)

Brian Willis

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From:           Larry Weiss <
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Date:           Wednesday, 08 May 2002 03:08:17 -0400
Subject: 13.1263 Re: Henry VI
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1263 Re: Henry VI

> The Henry VI plays are being condensed into two plays and are being
> played at the Stratford festival this year. <snip>
> I'm interested to see what the two condensed plays will be like.

They are almost always done this way.  The only exception I can think of
is the BBC/Time-Life version, in which 1HVI stood nicely on its own
(albeit cut drastically).  The director mounted the entire tetralogy in
the same set, an "imagination playground" which got darker and darker as
the series progressed.  And Margaret was, indeed, a leading character
throughout, even having the last laugh in RIII (from the top of a pile
of corpses).  One of the best group of productions in the BBC series.

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Date:           Thursday, 09 May 2002 15:48:04 +1000
Subject: 13.1263 Re: Henry VI
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1263 Re: Henry VI

>I also agree with Brian about the importance of Queen Margaret,
>who nearly always plays second-fiddle to Joan la Pucelle.

These characters are both fabulous examples of women who display
characteristics that would at one time have made them objects of
censure, but that are now more likely to render them objects of
admiration.  Their ability to stand up and lead when those nominally in
charge falter makes them figures of tremendous power.

Joan's soliloquy in which she consults her demons is one of those scenes
that strikes me as almost impossibly modern for a play written hundreds
of years ago.  Highly recommended for fledgling thesps looking for an
audition monologue that isn't Juliet.

Both Joan and Margaret are also highly effective "misogynometers".  The
castration anxiety of the critic operates in direct proportion to the
need to sexualize, trivialize and demonize these women.

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