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Gambon as Falstaff
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0933  Wednesday, 18 May 2005

[1]     From:   Stuart Manger <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 17 May 2005 15:36:09 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.0925 Gambon as Falstaff

[2]     From:   Nancy Charlton <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 17 May 2005 10:35:56 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.0925 Gambon as Falstaff

[3]     From:   Stephen C. Rose <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 17 May 2005 13:55:25 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.0925 Gambon as Falstaff

[4]     From:   Sandra Sparks <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 18 May 2005 03:38:21 -0400
        Subj:   RE: SHK 16.0925 Gambon as Falstaff


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From:           Stuart Manger <
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Date:           Tuesday, 17 May 2005 15:36:09 +0100
Subject: 16.0925 Gambon as Falstaff
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0925 Gambon as Falstaff

Well, although sometimes reluctant to side with Mr Weinstein, I have to
say that the London reviews were NOT universally laudatory. Some indeed
were ecstatic, but others were luke-warm. BBC Radio 4 critics were less
enthusiastic even than that. I suspect that we may be looking at some
slightly orchestrated hagiography here.

Certainly, Gambon has gone on much bruited public record saying that he
wanted to play the part. Is that the same as 'long-awaited' with its
suggestion that the public are gagging for it? Long awaited by him maybe
but the public? The production came in for a bit of 'treatment' in some
quarters too.

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From:           Nancy Charlton <
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Date:           Tuesday, 17 May 2005 10:35:56 -0700
Subject: 16.0925 Gambon as Falstaff
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0925 Gambon as Falstaff

Besides the Independent review that Charles Weinstein called our
attention to yesterday, the BSA site cited in Stuart Hampton-Reeves
email signature, http://www.britishshakespeare.ws/,
has a summary of reviews of the production, together with a splendid
picture of Gambon.

Nancy Charlton

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From:           Stephen C. Rose <
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Date:           Tuesday, 17 May 2005 13:55:25 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 16.0925 Gambon as Falstaff
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0925 Gambon as Falstaff

Re: The Independent's characterization of Falstaff as a clown. Does that
make Nietzshe a buffoon?

Best, S

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From:           Sandra Sparks <
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Date:           Wednesday, 18 May 2005 03:38:21 -0400
Subject: 16.0925 Gambon as Falstaff
Comment:        RE: SHK 16.0925 Gambon as Falstaff

Even the most talented actors are not suited to all roles, so it's not a
matter of Gambon being less talented just because Antony or Lear didn't
work. I would be interested in seeing his take on Falstaff. I like his
particular brand of eccentricity. But I still don't see him as a perfect
fit.

Falstaff is a great role for a special few. After all, when Kemp pulled
his diva act on WS and was separated from the company, there was no one
at the time to take his place. That's why Falstaff died offstage in
Henry V - he couldn't be written in, as promised.

Sandra Sparks

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