The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1374 Friday, 2 July 2004
Date: Thursday, 1 Jul 2004 16:52:40 -0700
Item from a Playbill story about the move of the Royal Shakespeare
Company to a permanent home in the West End, possibly the Albery
"The RSC has announced that Boyd's new production of Hamlet, starring
Toby Stephens, will be previewed with no sets or costumes in the
Stratford High School on July 5. Their student audience will be aged
between 15 and 17 and, following in the techniques of legendary director
Peter Brook, Boyd believes the production will gain from the experience.
In a press release, he said, 'This is an exercise in narrative clarity.
Young people are objective and want to engage fully with the story, and
a good way to foster this is to play in a school hall without . . .
sophisticated effects.' It is, he confirmed, a process he plans to
If this a valid approach, why is it confined to a high school stage? Is
the RSC merely being Cheapshakes?
Maybe I am too cynical, after hearing this kind of
look-on-the-bright-side argument too often out of Washington DC.
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