2004

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1725  Monday, 15 September 2004

From:           Susanne Greenhalgh <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 15 Sep 2004 09:16:17 +0100
Subject:        Rory Bremner at the Globe

BBC Radio Four's 'Today' programme previewed an act by the satirical
impressionist Rory Bremner (best known for imitating Tony Blair) which
will precede a performance of Romeo and Juliet at the Globe tonight in
aid of the Samaritans. The act, and the discussion about it, was full of
Shakespeare references, including a dig at current political gossip that
Blair almost resigned in favour of Gordon Brown earlier this year but
has now reasserted his intention to continue as leader, with lines from
Hal's rejection of Falstaff 'Presume not that I am the thing I was/For
God doth now, so shall the world perceive/That I have turned away my
former self;/So will I those that kept me company'.  There was also
discussion of the current linkage of Bush and Shakespeare in the
American press.  David Aaronovitch also had a piece on this in the
Guardian recently.

Susanne Greenhalgh

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