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Most Popular Shakespeare Plays
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1405  Friday, 9 July 2004

[1]     From:   Bob Rosen <
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        Date:   Thursday, 8 Jul 2004 10:46:48 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.1401 Most Popular Shakespeare Plays

[2]     From:   M Yawney <
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        Date:   Thursday, 8 Jul 2004 11:50:27 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.1401 Most Popular Shakespeare Plays

[3]     From:   Stuart Manger <
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        Date:   Thursday, 8 Jul 2004 21:48:28 +0100
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From:           Bob Rosen <
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Date:           Thursday, 8 Jul 2004 10:46:48 EDT
Subject: 15.1401 Most Popular Shakespeare Plays
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1401 Most Popular Shakespeare Plays

 >It [Waiting for Godot] is a wonderful play but poorly understood -- and
 >for good reason.

Waiting for Godot is one of those great summary plays, like
Shakespeare's tragedies and a few of his histories, that seem to
describe and total up human experience in a particular domain of life.
That's what great literature does for me. But then, that is what Charlie
Brown also accomplishes. That circumspective worldview expressed with
poetry and memorable impact is what literary genius seems to be about.

Bob Rosen

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From:           M Yawney <
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Date:           Thursday, 8 Jul 2004 11:50:27 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 15.1401 Most Popular Shakespeare Plays
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1401 Most Popular Shakespeare Plays

Don Bloom disputes "the idea that "Waiting for Godot" is the second most
produced play in the world. "Godot" is very rarely played in this
country (USA)..."

I do not know where in the USA Mr. Bloom is, but in my experience Godot
is indeed frequently produced in this country. Perhaps since its scenic
and production demands are small, it is tremendously popular with young
theaters--certainly more so than Shakespeare with its large casts and
production demands. I myself have seen a number of productions (most
recently a few months ago in Ft. Lauderdale) and passed on seeing even
more. Though it may not be the "2nd most produced play" in the English
language, it is certainly very popular.

If Samuel French will not give up production figures, a Google search
will certainly turn up a number of productions.

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From:           Stuart Manger <
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Date:           Thursday, 8 Jul 2004 21:48:28 +0100
Subject: 15.1401 Most Popular Shakespeare Plays
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1401 Most Popular Shakespeare Plays

Sorry, I was going on hearsay from a chap who works out of Paris. I
think he meant to imply not JUST pro performances but amateur as well.
Colleges?  Universities? And, as Don implies, not just in English either.

Why is Godot not performed so much in USA? Puzzling?

Used to be fairly regularly performed behind the old 'Iron Curtain', I
think. Whether they paid royalties etc or not I could not say, but one
rather doubts it, so whether Faber or French's would have infallible
data might be interesting to discover.

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