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The Best Hamlet
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0137  Wednesday, 27 February 2008

[1] 	From:	David Evett <
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	Date:	Monday, 25 Feb 2008 20:25:15 -0500
	Subj:	Re: SHK 19.0129 The Best Hamlet

[2] 	From:	Paul E. Doniger <
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	Date:	Monday, 25 Feb 2008 17:31:15 -0800 (PST)
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[3] 	From:	John W. Kennedy <
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	Date:	Monday, 25 Feb 2008 21:55:11 -0500
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[4] 	From:	Olwen Terris <
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	Date:	Tuesday, 26 Feb 2008 09:01:08 -0000
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From:		David Evett <
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Date:		Monday, 25 Feb 2008 20:25:15 -0500
Subject: 19.0129 The Best Hamlet
Comment:	Re: SHK 19.0129 The Best Hamlet

It is discouraging but not surprising to learn that a lot of our posters 
comment only on filmed versions of Ham (where much depends on 
cinematographers and editors ) - swift movements of eyes and facial 
muscles, even subtle vocal inflections, don't make it to the more 
distant rows of the main houses at either Stratford - and not the thing 
on stage. I cannot suppress paternal pride in my son Ben's performance 
with the Actors' Shakespeare Project in the fall of 2006, which mostly 
escaped critical note but managed to be both explosively physical - a 
Hamlet who had indeed been "at continual practice" -  and to convey 
every syllable of the text clearly and cleanly to wherever in the rather 
complicated house the spectator was sitting. I would like to see 
comments from others who saw it.

David Evett

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From:		Paul E. Doniger <
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Date:		Monday, 25 Feb 2008 17:31:15 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 19.0129 The Best Hamlet
Comment:	Re: SHK 19.0129 The Best Hamlet

Cheryl Newton asks: "Why does Olivier miss the list?" I thought I had 
seen his name come up on one of the earlier postings of the list. Of 
course, for me, he is the Ur-Hamlet! I grew up on Olivier's 1948 film 
version, and I still love it (warts and all), even though it was Burton 
(live) in 1964 that most impressed me. For some folks even older than 
myself, I understand it was Gielgud who held the title-- does anyone 
want to admit to being old enough? BTW: I'm still hoping to hear from 
someone who saw Peter O'Toole in the role.

This is fun.

Paul E. Doniger

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From:		John W. Kennedy <
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Date:		Monday, 25 Feb 2008 21:55:11 -0500
Subject: 19.0129 The Best Hamlet
Comment:	Re: SHK 19.0129 The Best Hamlet

Gabriel Egan <
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 >It's a small point (perhaps only of interest to cataloguers),
 >but Larry Weiss was mistaken when he wrote:
 >
 >By the way, the latter actor's last name is "Russell Beale,"
 >not "Beale."
 >
 >Russell is a name and so is Beale. If Simon Russell Beale
 >wants the world to treat two names as though they are
 >one (and I've no idea whether he does, although Larry
 >Weiss seems to think so) then he has to hyphenate them
 >as Russell-Beale. Without the hyphen, his last name is Beale.

In the one such case of which I personally know for certain the 
individual's preference, Jill Paton Walsh, I find the Library of 
Congress lists her, just as she prefers it, as Paton Walsh, Jill.

But it is, perhaps, most telling that the Library of Congress website 
gives "de la mare walter" as a search paradigm.

IMDB says that Simon Russell Beale is sometimes credited as "Simon 
Russell-Beale", but treats the unhyphenated form as canonical.

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From:		Olwen Terris <
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Date:		Tuesday, 26 Feb 2008 09:01:08 -0000
Subject: 19.0129 The Best Hamlet
Comment:	RE: SHK 19.0129 The Best Hamlet

In response to Patty Winter's search for the Christopher Plummer 'King 
Lear' directed by Jonathan Miller, the production was recorded on 
videotape at the Stratford (Ontario) Shakespeare Festival in the 
Festival Theatre on 24 August 2002 if the information I have from the 
Festival's archivist is correct. When it was performed in New York City 
at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre it was recorded by Richard Stucker for 
Theatre on Film and Tape (TOFT) at the Lincoln Centre on 12 April 2004 
if the information on the New York Public Library research catalogue is 
accurate. These recordings may be viewed on site by appointment.

Olwen Terris
Senior Researcher
International Database of Shakespeare on Film, Television and Radio
British Universities Film & Video Council

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