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New Shakespeare 'Works
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0282  Tuesday, 10 April 2007

From: 		Hardy M. Cook <
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Date: 		Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Subject: 	New Shakespeare 'Works' Includes Changes

Dear SHAKSPEReans,

This announcement is available online at a number of sites, thanks to UPI.

New Shakespeare 'Works' Includes Changes
Posted on: 2007-04-08 | Author : Entertainment News Editor
News Category: US 	

LONDON, April 8 (UPI) A new edition of Shakespeare's works, published in 
London with official backing, has changed some of the characters and 
elements of his plays.

One of the main changes in the "RSC Shakespeare Complete Works" is the 
character of Lady Macbeth -- in the new version she is not quite as 
vindictive, The Sunday Times in London reported. The "Works" claims to 
be a version that is closer to the playwright's original intentions. It 
uses Shakespeare's First Folio of 1623, which is the version authorized 
by John Hemings and Henry Condell, Shakespeare's fellow actors.

The new edition was created by a team of authors and experts and was led 
by Jonathan Bate, professor of Shakespeare and Renaissance literature at 
the University of Warwick, and Eric Rasmussen, professor of English at 
the University of Nevada.

Directors are still free to cut or add lines with the new version, but 
the new texts, says the Royal Shakespeare Company, "will form the base 
text provided for every director working with the company."

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