The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0282 Tuesday, 10 April 2007
From: Hardy M. Cook <
Date: Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Subject: New Shakespeare 'Works' Includes Changes
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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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