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Handsome Richard III?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0051  Saturday, 18 February 2006

[1] 	From: 	Joanne Walen <
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	Date: 	Thursday, 16 Feb 2006 10:57:38 -0700
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 17.0043 Handsome Richard III?

[2] 	From: 	Walter Cannon <
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	Date: 	Thursday, 16 Feb 2006 13:23:12 -0600
	Subj: 	RE: SHK 17.0032 Handsome Richard III?

[3] 	From: 	Donald Bloom <
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	Date: 	Thursday, 16 Feb 2006 12:27:18 -0600
	Subj: 	RE: SHK 17.0043 Handsome Richard III?

[4] 	From: 	William Proctor Williams <
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	Date: 	Thursday, 16 Feb 2006 21:41:05 -0500
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 17.0043 Handsome Richard III?

[5] 	From: 	Stuart Manger <
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	Date: 	Friday, 17 Feb 2006 10:44:52 +0000
	Subj: 	Handsome R3


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From: 		Joanne Walen <
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Date: 		Thursday, 16 Feb 2006 10:57:38 -0700
Subject: 17.0043 Handsome Richard III?
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.0043 Handsome Richard III?

Mario Baricelli in the RIII production at the Oregon Shakespeare 
Festival in 1993(?) was a handsome actor whose "deformities" were  metal 
braces on his legs and the use of a wheelchair.

Joanne

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From: 		Walter Cannon <
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Date: 		Thursday, 16 Feb 2006 13:23:12 -0600
Subject: 17.0032 Handsome Richard III?
Comment: 	RE: SHK 17.0032 Handsome Richard III?

Shenandoah Shakespeare Express's 1998 production featured an 
extraordinary performance with Kate Norris in the role of Richard. 
While she didn't play Richard with a "deformity" (no hump or hunch), she 
did have her arm in a metal brace which she used as a weapon in battle. 
  "Incredibly handsome man"? No. Striking, convincing, beautiful? Yes.

Walter Cannon

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From: 		Donald Bloom <
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Date: 		Thursday, 16 Feb 2006 12:27:18 -0600
Subject: 17.0043 Handsome Richard III?
Comment: 	RE: SHK 17.0043 Handsome Richard III?

Jack Heller writes:

 >"I don't know of a Richard played by a handsome actor, but this question
 >brings to mind an idea I once suggested to a director. A few sources
 >I've seen raise doubts that the actual king was a hunchback and that he
 >is known to have appeared unshirted on a public occasion."

I thought it was generally accepted that the hunchback and withered arm 
were a total fabrication of Sir Thomas More's concocting (one of many).

He was a slender man of small stature, wasn't he? As best as I can 
recall, in Josephine Tey's "The Daughter of Time" one of the characters 
suggests that he may have appeared slightly deformed because of an 
overdeveloped sword arm-he was, after all, a considerable fighting man. 
Is there any contemporary evidence on this (aside from the notoriously 
mendacious slanders of his enemies)?

Cheers,
don

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From: 		William Proctor Williams <
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Date: 		Thursday, 16 Feb 2006 21:41:05 -0500
Subject: 17.0043 Handsome Richard III?
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.0043 Handsome Richard III?

Thanks to all of you for the help.  I think Jack Heller gets closest to 
what my student had in mind.  I take it her idea is that Richard is the 
consummate deceiver and the deformities are no different than his other 
deceptions.  If you follow her line of thinking then no lines need to be 
cut and Jack Heller's notion of staging the deception would work very 
nicely.  I'll pass it all on with credit.

William Proctor Williams

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From: 		Stuart Manger <
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Date: 		Friday, 17 Feb 2006 10:44:52 +0000
Subject: 	Handsome R3

Can anyone explain why a student or director or a teacher would want to 
encourage anyone to fly so far and fast in the face of almost every 
major tenet of the play's thesis as to promote such a concept? Without 
R3's deformities of mind and body, the plot becomes a list of events - 
pretty partial and historically inaccurate at that - if such a crazy 
notion is developed.

I rather fear a whole stream of 'what ifs?' coming on this thread.

Shylock not a Jew?
Oberon not a Faery King?
Hermione REALLY dead?
Ariel doesn't sink the ship in the first three minutes and conspires 
with Alonso et al to dethrone Prospero?
Puck gets it right first time?
Antony and Cleopatra live happily ever after like the folks who live on 
the hill?
Brutus rushes JC to the hospital?
Lear doesn't die - or has someone already done that..................!!

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