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Re: Shakespeare's Accessibility
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.073  Wednesday, 15 January 2003

[1]     From:   John W. Kennedy <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 14 Jan 2003 11:32:43 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.067 Re: Shakespeare's Accessibility

[2]     From:   Karyn White <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 15 Jan 2003 17:45:22 +0900
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.067 Re: Shakespeare's Accessibility


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From:           John W. Kennedy <
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Date:           Tuesday, 14 Jan 2003 11:32:43 -0500
Subject: 14.067 Re: Shakespeare's Accessibility
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.067 Re: Shakespeare's Accessibility

Takashi Kozuka <
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>I wonder why the acclaimed [Globe] theatre in Tokyo got into the red.
>... Was it a reflection of Japan's
>economy?

That is my understanding.

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From:           Karyn White <
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Date:           Wednesday, 15 Jan 2003 17:45:22 +0900
Subject: 14.067 Re: Shakespeare's Accessibility
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.067 Re: Shakespeare's Accessibility

Regarding the sale of the Tokyo Globe, I, too, was saddened to hear what
had become of it.  As an expatriate, and a resident of Saitama since the
age of 14, I was always pleased to see Shakespeare at the Globe.  I did,
however, learn that it was not Shakespeare who failed to bring in
audiences to the Globe.  Performances of Shakespeare were nearly always
sold out.  However, even sell-out crowds could not cover the cost of
maintaining the grounds and paying to "ship in" overseas touring
companies.  English-speaking companies played in the Globe an average of
three times a year; Japanese Shakespearean companies played there a
little more often.  It was simply not enough.  The Globe was a product
of the bubble economy, and it never really did make much money.  It was
more of a beau geste on the part of the businesses who originally built
it.

By the way, this is my first post.  I blush to admit it, but there it
is.

Karyn White

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