2003

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.067  Tuesday, 14 January 2003

From:           Takashi Kozuka <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Tuesday, 14 Jan 2003 10:36:23 +0000 (GMT)
Subject:        Re: Shakespeare's Accessibility

Speaking of Asian productions, the Globe Tokyo (which has pink external
walls) was closed at the end of July and sold by 10 October to an
entertainment company which has been interested (at least in the past)
only in celebrities, especially good-looking singers who can't sing (on
TV they just dance and move their lips to their own CD). Although the
name of the theatre will remain the same, it will be used for popular
entertainments starring the entertainment company's own celebrities as
well as Shakespearean productions.  If you can't really grasp this big
change taking place at the Globe Tokyo, you could imagine, I assume,
Backstreet Boys or S Club Jr "performing" on the stage of the Globe in
London. I wonder why the acclaimed theatre in Tokyo got into the red.
Was it because Shakespeare was/is no longer so popular as we may have
assumed? Was it the power of showbiz? Was it a reflection of Japan's
economy? Should I read Bristol's Big-time Shakespeare again?

Best wishes,
Takashi Kozuka

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