The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0334 Friday, 21 April 2006
Date: Thursday, 20 Apr 2006 17:46:16 +0100
From April on, the Royal Shakespeare Company plans to present in
Stratford a year-long Festival featuring all 37 of Shakespeare's plays.
Embracing 'film, new writing, and contemporary music', the event is said
to demonstrate 'the truly global reach of the greatest writer in the
English language'. Indeed, it's a prospect that's recently inspired the
director of London's Globe Theatre to speak -with apparent seriousness-
of a forthcoming 'Shakespearetastic' year in which this figure will
dominate the cultural horizon, 'floating around in a hot-air balloon,
waving benignly at everyone . . .' The Bard's 'spirit of inclusion,
his love for everything', he concludes, 'is our last best hope.' No
doubt this appalling madness cannot be contained. But surely it is no
longer appropriate to justify it?
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