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Troilus & Cressida as Originally Spoken
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1231  Thursday, 21 July 2005

[1]     From:   Robert Shaughnessy <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 20 Jul 2005 12:56:32 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.1226 Troilus & Cressida as Originally Spoken

[2]     From:   David Crystal <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 20 Jul 2005 14:09:58 +0000 GMT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.1226 Troilus & Cressida as Originally Spoken

[3]     From:   Ian Jordan <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 20 Jul 2005 19:25:35 +0100
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From:           Robert Shaughnessy <
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Date:           Wednesday, 20 Jul 2005 12:56:32 +0100
Subject: 16.1226 Troilus & Cressida as Originally Spoken
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.1226 Troilus & Cressida as Originally Spoken

 >>The Globe said it will be the first time in more than 350 years a
 >>professional company has staged such an event.
 >
 >Eh?  Didn't the Globe do an original pronunciation Romeo and Juliet last
 >year?

It did. And David Crystal has written a very engaging account of the
whole process, Pronouncing Shakespeare (CUP, 2005).

Robert Shaughnessy

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From:           David Crystal <
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Date:           Wednesday, 20 Jul 2005 14:09:58 +0000 GMT
Subject: 16.1226 Troilus & Cressida as Originally Spoken
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.1226 Troilus & Cressida as Originally Spoken

The Globe press releases have been very careful to say that this is the
first time there has been a full run of a play (to distinguish it from
last year's Romeo, which was for a weekend only).

The routine filming that the Globe does of all its productions results
in a very audible result, despite the occasional passing helicopter.
Last year's Romeo; for example, can be seen in the archive, by
arrangement with the librarian.

Studio versions would be of academic interest only, lacking the
interactivity between stage and audience which is at the heart of Globe
performances.

I hope the Globe does go down the road of making its performances
available one day. In the meantime, extracts of my Romeo transcripts can
be heard at www.shakespeareswords.com, and a recording of Troilus I made
for the actors this year will be available later in the year.

David Crystal

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Date:           Wednesday, 20 Jul 2005 19:25:35 +0100
Subject: 16.1226 Troilus & Cressida as Originally Spoken
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.1226 Troilus & Cressida as Originally Spoken

I only wish...

Judging from past experience it is very, very unlikely that any
commercial recording of a whole play will be available, as the globe
seems to more concerned with live theatre than making recordings. They
do however sell CD's of the music along with tiny snippets of dialog
from the plays.

If you have a good reason you can contact them direct and they will give
you supervised access to their collection of videoed performances.

Perhaps the best we can hope is that the performance will be televised
on BBC4; however, the BBC/Globe only seem to televise performances with
Mark Rylance in which this year is the Tempest, so we may be out of luck..

Ian

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