The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1585 Thursday, 4 July 2002
Date: Wednesday, 03 Jul 2002 15:23:23 +0000
Subject: 13.1582 Re: British Culture and Shakespeare
Comment: Re: SHK 13.1582 Re: British Culture and Shakespeare
>From John Drakakis:
>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'.
I agree very much with John Drakakis' insistence on the variety of
Shakespeare performance medias. But aren't all three of these figures
that he names (similar to Briers, Mirren et al) also very well-known to
mass audiences (through sitcoms, talkshows, television dramas,
mainstream films, advertisements etc.) that care little for
Shakespeare? When Gielgud croaked, late in 2000, a British tabloid had
as a heading: 'Butler in Dudley Moore film dies'.
Kevin De Ornellas
Queen's University, Belfast
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