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Romeo and Juliet in Paddington Bear
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2006  Wednesday, 15 October 2003

[1]     From:   Janet Costa <
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        Date:   Monday, 13 Oct 2003 07:56:51 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.1992 Romeo and Juliet in Paddington Bear

[2]     From:   Kevin De Ornellas <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 14 Oct 2003 21:54:14 +0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.1992 Romeo and Juliet in Paddington Bear


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From:           Janet Costa <
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Date:           Monday, 13 Oct 2003 07:56:51 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 14.1992 Romeo and Juliet in Paddington Bear
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1992 Romeo and Juliet in Paddington Bear

Richard Burt wrote: "This disastrous turn of events also produces more
laughter in the audience and reassures the director."

There was a similar instance in the PBS children's program, "Between the
Lions," which was broadcast in Spring 2001. There was a poetry day at
the library, and a chicken was cast as Juliet. Funny stuff.

Any comments on the new Nextel commercial?

Janet

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From:           Kevin De Ornellas <
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Date:           Tuesday, 14 Oct 2003 21:54:14 +0000
Subject: 14.1992 Romeo and Juliet in Paddington Bear
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1992 Romeo and Juliet in Paddington Bear

>In an episode of the Canadian animated cartoon Paddington Bear (airing
>on HBO October 9, 2003), Paddington is cast as the Friar (just three
>lines in this production, according to the director)and is also put in
>charge of sound effects for a production of Romeo and Juliet,

There is a tradition of the Paddington Bear/Shakespeare crossover.  The
1981 UK series was narrated by that splendid Shakespearean actor,
Michael Hordern.  In one episode, Paddington somehow ends up as a prompt
for a great actor who is on stage reciting Shakespearean speeches
(rather in the style of John 'Ages of Man' Gielgud).  Paddington has to
help the actor out - the actor can't remember the end of the clause, 'To
be, or ...'.  The Peruvian, marmalade-loving mammal comes to the rescue.

Kevin De Ornellas
Queen's University, Belfast

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