The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1633 Monday, 18 August 2003
Date: Sunday, 17 Aug 2003 16:26:46 +0000
Subject: Fireworks and Fretting
R&J done this year at Cambridge had an illumination-burst rocket that
raced into the starry sky at the end of the final Chorus bringing a
cascade of iridescence and a round of applause. A nifty idea given F1's
TLN 1665-66 (Happily, suicides were confined to the play as far as we
could tell.) Moreover, a frisson ran through certain elements of the
audience during Shrew when Hortensio gave a variety of four- bar
caterwauling and lute playing at III.i. There being some one hundred of
the English National Youth Orchestra in the audience, close questioning
revealed that he had been giving the opening bars of a number of the
current "Top of the Pops".
Such memorable instances give example of the transience of theatrical
realisation of Shakespeare.
(For Japanese readers) there is an Oxford Shrew heading towards your
islands. See it.
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