The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0147 Thursday, 15 February 2007
Date: Tuesday, 13 Feb 2007 12:01:10 -0500
Subject: 18.0138 A Rave Review for "Slings and Arrows"
Comment: Re: SHK 18.0138 A Rave Review for "Slings and Arrows"
Just a bit more info on Slings and Arrows:
The series is not so loosely based on the Stratford Festival. Many of
the actors in the series have performed here in Stratford, and Stephen
Ouimette's Oliver Welles, the Burbage Artistic Director, is a very
thinly veiled "homage" to Stratford's own Richard Monette. Paul Gross
played Hamlet here a few years back, and his wife Martha Burns grew up
here and performed at the festival several times before going to Toronto
to help found the Soulpepper Theatre.
The first season features Hamlet, the second Macbeth and this, the
current and final season, takes on King Lear. Stratford mainstay
William Hutt, whose 1996 Stratford Lear is part of the reason I now live
here, is doing the Lear. I'm told that this will be the end of the
series, having covered the three stages of man - youth, maturity and old
age. One can only hope they will continue, though Hutt has come out of
retirement so many times now, he reminds me of Basil Rathbone's
Macbeth-quoting death in Comedy of Terrors.
We currently have both the first and second season available for sale.
If you'd like to be notified when the third season is released on DVD,
drop me a line off list and I'd be happy to add you to our notification
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