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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0386  Wednesday, 3 May 2006

[1] 	From: 	Terence Hawkes <
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 	Date: 	Tuesday, 2 May 2006 17:52:50 +0100
 	Subj: 	Stratford

[2] 	From: 	Hannah Lemberg <
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 	Date: 	Wednesday, 03 May 2006 04:55:01 -0400
 	Subj: 	Re: SHK 17.0374 Stratford

[3] 	From: 	Stephen Dobbin <
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 	Date: 	Wednesday, 3 May 2006 15:04:34 +0100 (BST)
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From: 		Terence Hawkes <
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Date: 		Tuesday, 2 May 2006 17:52:50 +0100
Subject: 	Stratford

Jinny Webber reports the German Othello as 'wonderfully theatrical: the 
essential drama without Shakespeare's poetry'. Perhaps 'wonderfully 
theatrical' prescribes some particular state of affairs if I could work it 
out. As it stands it would do equally well to describe a grudge wrestling 
match. But the 'essential drama without Shakespeare's poetry' conspires to 
defeat me.  Something without Shakespeare's poetry is not Shakespeare. I 
repeat my point. What is there of interest in this to an audience in 
Stratford?

T. Hawkes

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From: 		Hannah Lemberg <
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Date: 		Wednesday, 03 May 2006 04:55:01 -0400
Subject: 17.0374 Stratford
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.0374 Stratford

I do understand the feeling of disappointment one may feel when the 
realization of one's dreams do not live up to one's expectations.  And I 
know there has been a lost of work done on the Shakespeare Birthplace 
house, but I cannot see it as a fraud.

As a guide at Anne Hathaway's Cottage, I have first-hand experience with 
the trust's policy of encouraging guides to 'give tours in your own way as 
long as what you say is true' and to do our own research into any aspect 
of the house, the family, or the era that we are interested in.  There are 
also frequent updates and reviews by various experts, both from within and 
outside the Trust, whose findings are posted in the staff room for us to 
familiarize ourselves with.  As the Cottage was lived in by the Hathaway 
family until after its purchase by the trust, what visitors see there 
today is very much the house the Hathaways lived in through the 19th 
Century, furniture included.  Whether the upstairs bed is the 'second best 
bed' or not, Michael Wood's theory is interesting to share with visitors, 
but it is ALWAYS explained as his theory.

I think for a visitor with a little imagination, who does not expect to 
see the cutlery the poet used and is adventurous enough to walk the two 
blocks off Henley Street to get away from the crowds, Stratford is one of 
the loveliest places in the world.

Hannah Lemberg

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From: 		Stephen Dobbin <
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Date: 		Wednesday, 3 May 2006 15:04:34 +0100 (BST)
Subject: 	Stratford

I'm glad Robert Projansky liked Stratford and didn't feel that he'd been 
ripped off.

But, excuse me, to call the Avon a "pretty little stream".

A STREAM!!!

That's like me calling the Star Spangled Banner a ditty or the Great 
Plains a bit of unkempt lawn!

Stephen

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