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All in the Family
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1212  Monday, 18 July 2005

[1]     From:   Toby Malone <
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        Date:   Friday, 15 Jul 2005 11:45:46 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.1202 All in the Family

[2]     From:   Paul Swanson <
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        Date:   Friday, 15 Jul 2005 12:20:28 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.1202 All in the Family

[3]     From:   John W. Kennedy <
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        Date:   Friday, 15 Jul 2005 12:55:57 -0400
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[4]     From:   David Evett <
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        Date:   Friday, 15 Jul 2005 16:23:13 -0400
        Suct:   Re: SHK 16.1202 All in the Family

[5]     From:   Charles Weinstein <
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        Date:   Friday, 15 Jul 2005 19:48:22 -0400
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From:           Toby Malone <
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Date:           Friday, 15 Jul 2005 11:45:46 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 16.1202 All in the Family
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.1202 All in the Family

CanStage's current 'Dream in High Park' production of Much Ado features
married couple Jaclyn Francis and Juan Chorian as Beatrice and Benedick
in a middling production.  Ironically, their puzzling lack of on-stage
chemistry was (on the night I saw it) one of the show's biggest
deficiencies, for me.

Toby

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From:           Paul Swanson <
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Date:           Friday, 15 Jul 2005 12:20:28 EDT
Subject: 16.1202 All in the Family
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.1202 All in the Family

A stellar 1999 Stratford Festival production of "The Tempest" starred
William Hutt as Prospero and his talented nephew Peter Hutt as Caliban.
The production was extraordinary.

Paul Swanson

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From:           John W. Kennedy <
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Date:           Friday, 15 Jul 2005 12:55:57 -0400
Subject: 16.1202 All in the Family
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.1202 All in the Family

Jack Heller <
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 >A current production of Othello at the Tulane Shakespeare Festival has a
 >married biracial couple in the lead roles. It has gotten good reviews. I
 >recall Sam Waterston and his daughter playing Leonato and Hero in Much
 >Ado. I wonder about other casts that include actual family members in
 >roles of similar relationships.

In 1975, Paul and Ellen Barry played Hotspur and Kate at the NJ
Shakespeare Festival (1963-1990, R.I.P.)

I've played Claudius to my wife's Gertrude in both Chris Guild's "The
Tragedy of Errors" and W. S. Gilbert's "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern",
but not in "Hamlet" itself.

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From:           David Evett <
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Date:           Friday, 15 Jul 2005 16:23:13 -0400
Subject: 16.1202 All in the Family
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.1202 All in the Family

Here in Boston, the Actors' Shakespeare Project production this past
March of Measure for Measure (which won kudos from the likes of William
Carroll and Christopher Ricks, as well as a rave review from the Boston
Globe),featured Paula Langton as Isabella and Kenneth Cheeseman as
Angelo; in their street life they an uncommonly devoted married couple.
In May, our equally well received Julius Caesar offered another firmly
wedded pair, Robert Walsh and Marya Lowry, as Brutus and Portia. At the
very least, such playing cuts down on company rehearsal time, since the
actors can readily do scene work on their own. But in this case those
scenes were potent moments, full of domestic energy.

David Evett
Literary Advisor
The Actors' Shakespeare Project

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From:           Charles Weinstein <
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Date:           Friday, 15 Jul 2005 19:48:22 -0400
Subject: 16.1202 All in the Family
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.1202 All in the Family

While married, Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh played a number of
Shakespearean spouses:  the Macbeths, Romeo and Juliet, Richard III and
Lady Anne.  They also played Antony and Cleopatra, a common-law couple.
  On one occasion, they incestuously played Titus Andronicus and his
daughter Lavinia.

The Lunts played Petruchio and Katherina in a 1930s stage production of
Shrew, as did Liz and Dick in the Zeffirelli film.

Robert Stephens and Maggie Smith were married when they played the
ultimately affianced Beatrice and Benedick in a theatrical Much Ado.  So
were Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson when they played the same roles
in the film version (but they weren't when they previously played Henry
V and his bride-to-be).

Paul Scofield and his wife Joy Parker played Oberon and Titania in the
Caedmon audio recording of Midsummer, while father-and-son actors Brian
and Jamie Glover played King Henry and Hal in both the Arkangel and BBC
audio recordings of 1 and 2 Henry IV.

But I suspect that the all-time champions would be Donald Wolfit and his
wife Rosalind Iden, who played in dozens of Shakespeare productions
together over a period of decades.

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