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Re: Michael Boyd and the Future of the RSC
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1737  Thursday, 1 August 2002

From:           David Lindley <
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Date:           Thursday, 1 Aug 2002 12:15:10 GMT0BST
Subject: Re: Michael Boyd and the Future of the RSC
Comment:        SHK 13.1728 Re: Michael Boyd and the Future of the RSC

I applaud Stanley Wells's measured account of the necessity of
reconsidering the RST.  It was designed, it seems, by someone who
thought a theatre should be like a cinema, and every attempt to
restructure the stage area just reminds one again and again that it
really is a proscenium arch stage.  Last year, in a not inexpensive seat
in the Dress Circle, I was unable to see half of the thrust front stage
in Hamlet; what it was like from the back of the gods I hate to think.
(When, in my youth, the upper circle was my home, it didn't matter so
much, since the tiny apron was all that was ever used.) I have no
particular affection for the building, and no view on whether total
destruction or internal modification is the way forward - but I entirely
support the view that the current theatre cannot carry on as it is.
There is, too, an issue, surely, about the backstage accommodation for
the Swan itself?

David Lindley
University of Leeds

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