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Re: British Culture and Shakespeare
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1582  Wednesday, 3 July 2002

From:           John Drakakis <
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Date:           Wednesday, 3 Jul 2002 13:54:26 +0100
Subject: 13.1564 British Culture and Shakespeare
Comment:        RE: SHK 13.1564 British Culture and Shakespeare

Jillian Tremblay needs to think a little less about film in the British
context, but more about Radio and Television.  One of the first Radio
Drama broadcasts was of a scene from Julius Caesar (in which the actors
wore Roman dress in the sound studio).  The policy was to bradcast the
'works' of Shakespeare.  IN addition in the 1950s Radio broadcast RSC
Stratford performances live.  This role was taken over by Television
hence the BBCTV Shakespeare.

As far as I'm aware there isn't much like the Hamlet vignette in
Schwarzenneger's Last Action Hero, and a lot of the 'quotation' from
Shakespeare comes from American films.

Finally, I'm not sure what is meant by the association of Gielgud,
Dench, and Jacobi with 'British popular culture' Their reputations were
made in the theatre which even now is the preserve of the cultured 'few'
in Britain and would come under the label 'high culture'.

Cheers,
John Drakakis

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