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Nahum Tate and Co
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1773  Thursday, 11 September 2003

From:           Jan Pick <
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Date:           Wednesday, 10 Sep 2003 10:46:05 -0700
Subject:        Nahum Tate and Co

I have just read Tate's King Lear, then went to see Bieito's Hamlet.  I
would be interested in views of why Tate and co are so derided for
rewriting Shakespeare to fit with the demands and expectations of their
audience and to make them relevant as it seems modern directors are
admired for it!  Well, perhaps not Bieito, judging by the rather
horrified reviews!  But in an era when the NT can kill off the Dauphin
in the interests of being able to show a grieving father at the end of
Henry V and introduce a video of Falstaff and Hal at the beginning to
make another 'point', then what is wrong with removing the rather
obscure Fool from Lear?  Cordelia is almost raped in Tate's Lear, as
Ophelia actually is in Bieito's Hamlet.  Why not?  At last I am going to
join the equally derided 19th century Romantics who claimed the only
true versions of Shakespeare are to be found in the study!  Meanwhile I
shall continue to enjoy 'Shakespeare' in the theatre as adaptations.

Any comments?

Jan Pick.

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