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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0378  Tuesday, 2 May 2006

[1] 	From: 	Robin Hamilton <
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	Date: 	Monday, 1 May 2006 20:54:01 +0100 (BST)
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 17.0361 Stratford

[2] 	From: 	Elliott Stone <
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	Date: 	Monday, 1 May 2006 16:21:39 -0400
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 17.0374 Stratford

[3] 	From: 	Jinny Webber <
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	Date: 	Tuesday, 02 May 2006 05:44:51 -0400
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 17.0374  Stratford

[4] 	From: 	David Schalkwyk <
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	Date: 	Tuesday, 2 May 2006 12:59:58 +0200
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 17.0369 Stratford


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From: 		Robin Hamilton <
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Date: 		Monday, 1 May 2006 20:54:01 +0100 (BST)
Subject: 17.0361 Stratford
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.0361 Stratford

 >Bring on the Berliner
 >Ensemble's Richard II.
 >
 >Brian Willis

Me, I'd rather see them perform +The Workers Rehearse the Uprising+ (in 
English translation).

Or is Brecht's dramatic mediation of +Coriolanus+ too politically edgy 
for these pallid times?

Robin Hamilton

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From: 		Elliott Stone <
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Date: 		Monday, 1 May 2006 16:21:39 -0400
Subject: 17.0374 Stratford
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.0374 Stratford

I have enjoyed all my trips to Stratford. The shopping is good, the pubs 
are plentiful, and the Shakespeare Theatre is excellent.

I also agree with Henry James, Mark Twain and Herman Melville that there 
is a little bit too much humbug in Stratford. How could anyone think 
otherwise?

Best,
Elliott H. Stone

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From: 		Jinny Webber <
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Date: 		Tuesday, 02 May 2006 05:44:51 -0400
Subject: 17.0374  Stratford
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.0374  Stratford

I happened in on the amazing German 'Othello' in Stratford last Friday 
night, followed by a talkback with Luk Perceval, the director, and the 
cast. Having brought a group of students to see the South African 
'Hamlet' the next day, I booked at the last moment and found the 
production imaginative, moving, and wonderfully theatrical: the 
essential drama without Shakespeare's poetry. Brutal language and an 
intense jazz piano takes the place of Iago's speeches to the audience 
and accentuate much else; Othello's white and much older than Desdemona 
and Emilia is the only black player (and very central); there's no 
tragic loading of the bed in the last scene. Of course such a production 
is not for everyone; even in Germany in the early days of the show 
people walked out. The Stratford audience stayed put and, so far as one 
could tell, entranced if occasionally shocked. I'm appreciative to the 
RSC for bringing the production for this brief run and feel lucky to 
have caught it. (Michael Billington gives it a good review in the April 
29 Guardian.)

Regards,
Jinny Webber

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From: 		David Schalkwyk <
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Date: 		Tuesday, 2 May 2006 12:59:58 +0200
Subject: 17.0369 Stratford
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.0369 Stratford

Terry Hawkes writes:

Brian Willis will know that I'm a patient man. But why on earth would a 
version of Othello, given in German, be of any interest to an audience 
in Stratford?

If they spoke German, Terry, they may actually hear the play for once...

David Schalkwyk

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