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All in the Family
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1228  Wednesday, 20 July 2005

[1]     From:   Matt Henerson <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 19 Jul 2005 12:24:25 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.1220  All in the Family

[2]     From:   Larry Weiss <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 19 Jul 2005 18:10:25 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.1212 All in the Family


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From:           Matt Henerson <
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Date:           Tuesday, 19 Jul 2005 12:24:25 -0400
Subject: 16.1220  All in the Family
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.1220  All in the Family

Continuing...

Spouses Lewis Casson and Sybil Thorndyke played the Macbeths, Henry V
and Chorus/Katherine, Katherine and Petruchio, and Henry VIII and
Catherine or Aragon--and wouldn't those have been interesting evenings
at Chez Casson/Thorndyke--in and around London in the 1920's and 30's.
They also appeared as Waffles and Marina in Olivier's UNCLE VANYA in the
early 1960's at Chichester and the National Theatre.  Paul Scofield and
Joy Parker played Oliver and Celia at Stratford in 1946 or 47, and
Michael Redgrave and Rachael Kempson played Lear and Regan at Stratford
in 1953.  I think they also played Navarre and the Princess of France at
the Old Vic somewhere around 1936.  Descending for a moment into gossip
and innuendo, Redgrave was said to be having an affair with Edith Evans
when they played Rosalind and Orlando in the late 30's and Lawrence
Harvey and Margaret Leighton were similarly linked in the same roles at
Stratford in 1952.  Although if we get into couples who were involved
with each other while playing Shakespearean pairs, we could well be here
till next Christmas.  Finally, if I remember correctly that Charles
Laughton was married to Elsa Lanchester, the two of them played Prospero
and Ariel at the Old Vic in 1934.  Laughton also played Macbeth and
Angelo that year, but I believe Flora Robson was his Lady M. and Isabella.

In the US and Canada, Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy played Titania and
Bottom for the Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario in the late
60's or early 70's, and George C. Scott and Colleen Dewhurst played
Antony and Cleopatra for Joe Papp at the NY Shakespeare Festival.  There
are also several husband/wife teams active in regional and festival
Shakespeare all over the US.

Matt Henerson

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From:           Larry Weiss <
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Date:           Tuesday, 19 Jul 2005 18:10:25 -0400
Subject: 16.1212 All in the Family
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.1212 All in the Family

I suppose the Lunts did this a lot too.  So, what's the point?

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