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CAHIERS ELISABETHAINS -- Special Issue 2007
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0029  Thursday, 17 January 2008

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Subject:	CAHIERS ELISABETHAINS -- Special Issue 2007

CAHIERS ELISABETHAINS -- Special Issue 2007: The Royal Shakespeare 
Company Complete Works Festival 2006-07, Stratford-upon-Avon

Edited by Peter J. Smith and Janice Valls-Russell with Kath Bradley

112 pages + 16 pages colour photographs.

One of the finest permanent records of an extraordinary year in the 
English theatre and the life of the Royal Shakespeare Company. 
Organised and hosted by the RSC, the Festival welcomed a worldwide range 
of companies and directors, whose productions appeared alongside those 
of the RSC.

One of the finest permanent records of an extraordinary year in the 
English theatre and the life of the Royal Shakespeare Company

Including:  in-depth reviews of all the plays performed during the 
Festival; overviews of the Festival; articles on various aspects of the 
theatre; interviews (including Michael Boyd); a guide to Festival 
companies and directors

Read up in-depth reviews of all the plays performed during the Festival; 
overviews of the Festival, articles on various aspects of the theatre, 
interviews and a guide to Festival companies and directors.

A sample of insights "Yukio Ninagawa's staging, and his physically and 
vocally impressive ensemble, gave birth to a terrible beauty" - an 
unforgettable Titus Andronicus.

"Why can't theatre always be like this?" Declan Donnellan's Twelfth 
Night, from Russia.
Sulayman Al-Bassam's Arabic version of Richard III "transposed a piece 
of the Arabian Gulf to Stratford".

Janet Suzman and the Baxter Theatre Company raised "the question of how 
far the social and political realities of life in South Africa should be 
allowed to infuse a Cape Town production of Hamlet".

Dominic Cooke's Pericles "was suffused by a palpable sense of the inner 
song of loss and yearning that belongs to the stranger in a strange land".

A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Tim Supple, "pushed boundaries, 
not just between actor and audience, but between Asian and English 
performance styles and cultures".

Greg Doran transformed Venus and Adonis into a masque for puppets, with 
narrator and musical accompaniment, "a charming and beguiling 
combination which seemed somehow perfectly and mysteriously suited to 
the humour and pathos of Shakespeare's epyllion".

Trinity Church provided an evocative setting for The Phoenix and the 
Turtle, "the flickering light from hundreds of candles creating a 
timeless enclosed space in which the appearance of actors and musicians 
in Elizabethan dress seemed entirely natural".

Contributors: Neil Allan, Jonathan Bate, Kath Bradley, Sarah Cummins, 
Paul Edmondson, Gabriel Egan, Gaelle Ginestet, David Hill, Michael 
Jones, John Jowett, Claire Jowitt, Andy Kesson, Yvette K. Khoury, Peter 
Kirwan, Peter Malin, Kelly N. O'Connor, Eve-Marie Oesterlen, Elinor 
Parsons, Poonperm Paitayawat, Scott Revers, Jami Rogers, Jan Sewell, 
Will Sharpe, Peter J. Smith, Liisa Spink, Rosemary Stiles, Erin 
Sullivan, Janice Valls-Russell, Greg Walker, Nick Walton, Stanley Wells, 
Brian Willis.

17 pounds incl. p&p.  Contact:  Dr Peter J Smith, e-mail 

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