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BBC Richard II
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1842  Wednesday, 9 November 2005

[1] 	From: 	Kathy Dent <
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	Date: 	Tuesday, 08 Nov 2005 19:30:53 +0000
	Subj: 	RE: SHK 16.1829 BBC Richard II

[2] 	From: 	Julia Griffin <
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	Date: 	Tuesday, 08 Nov 2005 15:29:13 -0500
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 16.1829 BBC Richard II


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From: 		Kathy Dent <
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Date: 		Tuesday, 08 Nov 2005 19:30:53 +0000
Subject: 16.1829 BBC Richard II
Comment: 	RE: SHK 16.1829 BBC Richard II

 >To air Tuesday March 8, 11:40 p.m. - 3:05 p.m. Doesn't say what time zone.
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 >BBC Four presents Shakespeare's tragedy Richard II

This programme is shown today, 8 November, and there isn't any time 
zone: at this time of year we are on Greenwich Mean Time.  Don't get too 
excited.  It's not a live performance (now), but actually a repeat of a 
programme shown live back in September (I think) 2003.

Kathy Dent

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From: 		Julia Griffin <
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Date: 		Tuesday, 08 Nov 2005 15:29:13 -0500
Subject: 16.1829 BBC Richard II
Comment: 	Re: SHK 16.1829 BBC Richard II

I've been wondering whether there's much point in this modern fashion of 
all-male productions played by adults.  We know that not all boy-actors 
were boys, but there seem to have been complaints if they were obviously 
post-pubertal; when I saw the Rylance 12th Night a few years ago at the 
Globe, I thought it was effective, but more like Kabuki than echt 
Shakespeare.  Is an adult male actor really more "authentic" as Viola 
than an actress?

A different but related point: there seems an odd discrepancy between 
the eagerness with which critics in the last 20 years have theorized 
about homoerotic overtones on the Renaissance stage, and the 
impossibility of actually watching adult men and adolescent boys 
performing love-scenes together on any modern stage ...  (Perhaps it 
would make certain things clear to us, all at once?)

Julia

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