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BBC Richard II
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1883  Tuesday, 15 November 2005

[1] 	From: 	Virginia Byrne <
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	Date: 	Monday, 14 Nov 2005 12:49:57 -0500
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 16.1872 BBC Richard II

[2] 	From: 	Robert Projansky <
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	Date: 	Monday, 14 Nov 2005 14:54:16 -0800
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 16.1872 BBC Richard II


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From: 		Virginia Byrne <
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Date: 		Monday, 14 Nov 2005 12:49:57 -0500
Subject: 16.1872 BBC Richard II
Comment: 	Re: SHK 16.1872 BBC Richard II

Yes, indeed, I was hoping there was a DVD available of the Mark Rylance R2.

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From: 		Robert Projansky <
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Date: 		Monday, 14 Nov 2005 14:54:16 -0800
Subject: 16.1872 BBC Richard II
Comment: 	Re: SHK 16.1872 BBC Richard II

Someone wrote:

 >>The BBC Shakespeare series RICHARD II is available in the
 >>UK on DVD from either www.bbcshop.com or
 >>www.choicesdirect.co.uk. In the US the play can be ordered
 >>from www.bardcentral.com. It comes part of a boxed set with
 >>HENRY IV 1&2, RICHARD III and HENRY V.

To which Kathy Dent replied:

 >I think the wires have got crossed somewhere.  This thread
 >concerns a broadcast made by BBC4 of a performance at
 >Shakespeare's Globe.  This is NOT the same as the BBC
 >Shakespeare productions (produced during the 1980s?)
 >that are available on Video & DVD.

If this DVD is the same Richard II we saw at the Globe in September 2003 
I recommend that you skip it. Mark Rylance's Richard was awful -- 
simple-minded, and annoying --  and the Globe's artistic director seemed 
not to know basic verse technique, repeatedly breaking Shakespeare's 
verse in favor of his own chuckles, giggles, and snorts. Since R II is 
all verse, this mattered a lot. (The costumes and music were very nice, 
though, and the after-play dance was a real treat.)

Bob Projansky

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