The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0358 Tuesday, 22 February 2005
Date: Tuesday, 22 Feb 2005 09:37:42 -0600
Subject: 16.0291 Measure for Measure Production
Comment: RE: SHK 16.0291 Measure for Measure Production
In response to Jack Heller's question
>Has anyone seen a Measure that left a positive impression?
I earlier described a 1985 production at the Stratford Festival that I
remembered. Thanks to my wife's record-keeping skills (she's a pack rat,
and can find everything she has ever stowed away), I can now supply some
particulars. The production was directed by Michael Bogdanov, who was
then associate director of the National, and starred the late, sorely
missed Nicholas Pennell as Angelo (he was also playing the fool in Lear
that year), Alan Scarfe played the Duke, Barbara March was Isabella,
Maria Ricossa was Mariana, James Blendick was the Provost, Steven
Russell was Elbow (one of Shakespeare's great bumbling truth tellers),
Simon Bradbury was Pompey, and Richard McMillan was Lucio.
The induction, which took place in a sex club, was peopled by anonymous
characters not called for in the play. They were played extempore by
younger members of the company, including a singer named Kelly Bricker.
BTW, there is a brief and stimulating essay in the play program by one
of my mentors from those long ago days at Northwestern, S. Schoenbaum.
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