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Re: Representing Ariel
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0273  Thursday, 13 February 2003

[1]     From:   Brian Willis <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 12 Feb 2003 15:56:02 -0800 (PST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.0257 Re: Representing Ariel

[2]     From:   Graham Hall <
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        Date:   Thursday, 13 Feb 2003 10:39:37 +0000
        Subj:   Spitting Image


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From:           Brian Willis <
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Date:           Wednesday, 12 Feb 2003 15:56:02 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 14.0257 Re: Representing Ariel
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0257 Re: Representing Ariel

>I'm interested to
>see which director will soon decide to tackle "The
>Tempest" using the
>latest CG effects -- I can imagine a wonderful
>Caliban created in the
>same way as Andy Serkis' Gollum in "The Two Towers."

I would be very interested to see something attempted along these lines.
Julie Taymor was asked if she would attempt any more Shakespeare on film
and she replied that she had always wanted to do The Tempest, especially
since effects for film had advanced so much, and that she thinks Anthony
Hopkins would be a wonderful Prospero. I won't hold my breath for such
things because they may not happen, but I would like to see Hopkins
attempt it, whether in film or on stage (if he even does stage work
anymore).

Brian Willis

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From:           Graham Hall <
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Date:           Thursday, 13 Feb 2003 10:39:37 +0000
Subject:        Spitting Image

The Ariel of Beale I saw at the RST was far less adipose-challenged than
Manger/Lindley indicate. As I caught the play towards the end of the
run, this was possibly due to an elastification of his coloured pyjamas
and/or the volume of saliva he had discharged upon Prospero during the
course of the production. From where I sat his interpretation was rather
exhilarating. We went again just to see him spit upon the old
curmudgeon.  But I gather this ending was dropped because it was felt
that people were turning up in droves for it alone. This brings to mind
the joke of the same name which goes along the lines of, "Is this what
the common folk understand to be entertainment? Well, it's far too good
for them!"

My brother-in-law, who is not one of the Shakespeare cognoscenti, went
back to the Globe's production of Two Gents in the hope that the stray
dog would get back on the stage and the comic would have to engage in
another piece of marvellous extemporization.

Directors should carefully attend to such strange audience stimulators
if they wish to mount successful productions.

Yours,
Slim Graham Hall

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