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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0343  Monday, 24 April 2006

[1] 	From: 	Carol Barton <
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	Date: 	Friday, 21 Apr 2006 12:15:55 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 17.0334 Stratford

[2] 	From: 	John Briggs <
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	Date: 	Friday, 21 Apr 2006 17:31:10 +0100
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 17.0334 Stratford

[3] 	From: 	Mike Shapiro <
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	Date: 	Friday, 21 Apr 2006 13:08:20 -0400
	Subj: 	RE: SHK 17.0334 Stratford

[4] 	From: 	JD Markel <
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	Date: 	Friday, 21 Apr 2006 13:54:43 -0700 (PDT)
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[5] 	From: 	Marcus Dahl <
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	Date: 	Monday, 24 Apr 2006 02:29:16 -0700 (PDT)
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From: 		Carol Barton <
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Date: 		Friday, 21 Apr 2006 12:15:55 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
Subject: 17.0334 Stratford
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.0334 Stratford

It is certainly in keeping with the tackiness of the general 
Stratfordian "ambience," Terence--where they have been showing a home as 
Mary Arden's that's actually down the road from the Arden house, and 
reporting all sorts of misinformation of other kinds as "fact" to 
unsuspecting tourists. For something I wanted all my life to see, the 
birthplace was a huge disappointment. I wouldn't have been surprised to 
learn that the swans were mechanical, or the Arden artificially 
replicated. This promises to be more of the same. (Perhaps they'll do 
the five-Hamlet--four women and one man--version I saw at the Folger . . 
. complete with Hamlet-pere as Colonel Sanders, and Rosencrantz and 
Guildenstern as a Hell's-Angel biker and his chick--in black leather.)

Attendance will be more honored in the breach than in the practice, 
methinks.

Best to all,
Carol Barton

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From: 		John Briggs <
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Date: 		Friday, 21 Apr 2006 17:31:10 +0100
Subject: 17.0334 Stratford
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.0334 Stratford

Terence Hawkes wrote:

 >From April on, the Royal Shakespeare Company plans to present in
 >Stratford a year-long Festival featuring all 37 of Shakespeare's
 >plays.

[And he then went on to complain about the lunatic hype surrounding it.]

It obviously illustrates a difference in our approaches: I just asked 
where this figure of "37 plays" came from, and never did get a 
satisfactory answer.  (It seems to include both "Pericles" and "Two 
Noble Kinsmen" - perhaps counting as half-each...)

(The complete BBC Shakespeare DVD collection claims 38 plays: but they 
include "Pericles" and "Henry V, Pts I & II"!)

John Briggs

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From: 		Mike Shapiro <
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Date: 		Friday, 21 Apr 2006 13:08:20 -0400
Subject: 17.0334 Stratford
Comment: 	RE: SHK 17.0334 Stratford

An unfounded rumor has it the balloon will display a CocaCola logo.

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From: 		JD Markel <
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Date: 		Friday, 21 Apr 2006 13:54:43 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 17.0334 Stratford
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.0334 Stratford

Shakespeare for everything?  This is the silliest stuff that ever I 
heard.  Don't fret, this savage madness need no containment.  You hear 
merely the dying bleats of multiculturalism and totalistic theory in 
crisis, grasping about for a salvageable leader figure (paternal, 
'natch).  One tainted with some patriotism and impolitic jokes about 
your EU brethren will just have to do.

And it's good for tourism.

The mad flip easy.  Start worrying if they evolve to take an inordinate 
interest in Henry V.

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From: 		Marcus Dahl <
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Date: 		Monday, 24 Apr 2006 02:29:16 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 17.0334 Stratford
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.0334 Stratford

Dear All,

I wonder if Terence Hawkes might propose a better 'last best hope' for 
us than a Shakespearean openness?

Better than Holy War, Revolution and Righteousness if you ask me.

Marcus (from Montaigne's Tower amongst the rudeboys) Dahl

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