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Re: Macbeth
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0876  Thursday, 8 May 2003

[1]     From:   Graham Hall <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 07 May 2003 16:28:07 +0000
        Subj:   A Measure of Macbeth

[2]     From:   L. Swilley <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 7 May 2003 12:19:17 -0500
        Subj:   A comeuppance for Lady Macbeth


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From:           Graham Hall <
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Date:           Wednesday, 07 May 2003 16:28:07 +0000
Subject:        A Measure of Macbeth

Caramba Theatre Company's Macbeth at the Shakespeare Institute was a
treat.  The atmosphere at the Banquet scene post-prandial chat between
the gruesome twosome was portrayed with tremendous reality. It was worth
the admission fee in itself. And good use of playing the play in the
round (oblong) was made. Plenty of potential all round - and hopefully
enough venues to keep the Company going. Caramba should become
established in Stratford if only to provide some relief from the awful
RSC where Measure (on at the same time but with seats and booze at four
times the price) was deeply insignificant. The only flashing Willy was
not the author but Bernardine who Sean Holmes (directing one assumes)
had stumble about in the nude. As I stared at the Avon swans through the
bottom of an interval glass of Pimms No1 on the terrace and thought dark
thoughts, a reviewing acquaintance, taking the air  himself, reported
hearing a foyer conversation involving the phrase "...the most
tedious...". The current tourist drop at Stratford isn't all to do with
world events I fear.

Graham Hall

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From:           L. Swilley <
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Date:           Wednesday, 7 May 2003 12:19:17 -0500
Subject:        A comeuppance for Lady Macbeth

L. Swilley asked, re the TV production I recounted:" Fascinating.  But
what did the production do with Lady M's lines: I, v, 44ff and I, vii,
54ff. ???  Were they deleted?"

To which, James Doyle:

 "Not at all, as far as I remember: the former were delivered in the
child's bedroom the latter I can't remember the location.  Seeing a
woman saying 'I have known what it is to give suck' while looking at an
empty cot is quite a powerful image, to me..."

Curioser and curioser.  I guess the point is that when this woman
witnesses the  effects of one who really carries out something like that
which she threatened (I,v, 44ff), she snaps.

      L. Swilley

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