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Re: Michael Boyd and the Future of the RSC
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1723  Tuesday, 30 July 2002

[1]     From:   Janet Costa <
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        Date:   Monday, 29 Jul 2002 08:34:27 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Re: Michael Boyd and the Future of the RSC

[2]     From:   Jan Pick <
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        Date:   Monday, 29 Jul 2002 21:37:06 +0100
        Subj:   Re: Michael Boyd and the Future of the RSC


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From:           Janet Costa <
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Date:           Monday, 29 Jul 2002 08:34:27 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 13.1712 Re: Michael Boyd and the Future of the RSC
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1712 Re: Michael Boyd and the Future of the RSC

Re: Brian Willis : "the fact that Lord Olivier and so many good actors
performed there."

Brian: There's always the option of doing what the Grand Ole Opry did
and save a piece of the floorboards for the new construction, a sort of
relic retention. They don't need the whole building for that.

From my directors' point of view, I agree that the RST should be
demolished. It's a miserable playing space, and an even more miserable
viewing space. I think that audiences may have changed in one respect.
The visual aspects of theatre have been heightened in the last 40 or 50
years.  While I do not agree with spectacle for the sake of spectacle, I
think much more could be done with that space. Barrie Rutter has done
wonders with Northern Broadsides at the Dean Clough Mill, and with a lot
less money.  There's no reason that I can see that the RSC can't be as
resourceful, inventive and successful with its newfound resources. If
they had to put on productions for under a 1000 pounds, I'll bet they
could do it...

Janet

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From:           Jan Pick <
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Date:           Monday, 29 Jul 2002 21:37:06 +0100
Subject: 13.1712 Re: Michael Boyd and the Future of the RSC
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1712 Re: Michael Boyd and the Future of the RSC

Why so keen to destroy the RST?  My teenagers just love the whole space
- and they spent most of the Boyd 'Dream' Summer standing at the back
with no problems.  It will take years to replace the RST and millions,
why not adapt the current space?  It is a sad fact that a lot of
'trendy' directors say that they can put on a show anywhere - shed,
docks, factories etc so why not in a theatre?  With The Other Place
closed, if the RST is demolished that would leaves the Swan - hardly
adequate.  There are too few big theatres left - OK Dommar, Almeida etc,
very exciting for the 2.3 people who can get in to see the productions!
Get Terry Hands to advise.  It is the chicken-hearted directors who are
scared of that space, not the actors - not real actors anyway.  Let's
keep the RST and bring it back into being the very exciting space it
used to be in the '70s when I was a teenager and being wowed by the
productions there!

Jan Pick

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