2008

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0150  Friday, 7 March 2008

[1] 	From:	Marilyn A. Bonomi <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
	Date:	Friday, 29 Feb 2008 15:42:17 -0500
	Subj:	RE: SHK 19.0141 The Best Hamlet

[2] 	From:	William Godshalk <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
	Date:	Friday, 29 Feb 2008 17:11:14 -0500
	Subj:	Re: SHK 19.0141 The Best Hamlet

[3] 	From:	Mario Ghezzi <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
	Date:	Saturday, 01 Mar 2008 17:18:10 +1100
	Subj:	Re: SHK 19.0141 The Best Hamlet

[4] 	From:	Terence Hawkes <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
	Date:	Saturday, 1 Mar 2008 11:56:25 -0000
	Subj:	Re: SHK 19.0129 The Best Hamlet

[5] 	From:	Ida Gaskin <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
	Date:	Sunday, 2 Mar 2008 13:11:35 +1300
	Subj:	Re: SHK 19.0141 The Best Hamlet

[6] 	From:	Anna Kamaralli <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
	Date:	Tuesday, 4 Mar 2008 13:55:41 +0000 (GMT)
	Subj:	Re: SHK 19.0141 The Best Hamlet

[7] 	From:	Patty Winter <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
	Date:	Wednesday, 5 Mar 2008 09:22:41 -0800
	Subj:	Re: SHK 19.0137 The Best Hamlet


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From:		Marilyn A. Bonomi <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:		Friday, 29 Feb 2008 15:42:17 -0500
Subject: 19.0141 The Best Hamlet
Comment:	RE: SHK 19.0141 The Best Hamlet

If the criteria for a great Hamlet (I won't say "best" for reasons 
enumerated) seen live include making both script and character come 
alive, engaging/engrossing the audience so that the well-known becomes 
new and fresh...

Then I have to say the "best" Hamlet I ever saw was either Hamish 
Linklater (despite the NYTimes saying he was overshadowed by other 
parts/players-Long Wharf Theatre 2004) or Stacy Keach Long Wharf 
Theatre, 1970. I *still* can see moments from that dark, dark performance.

I may have posted a review of the Linklater Hamlet to SHAKSPER at the time.

Mari Bonomi

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From:		William Godshalk <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:		Friday, 29 Feb 2008 17:11:14 -0500
Subject: 19.0141 The Best Hamlet
Comment:	Re: SHK 19.0141 The Best Hamlet

I'd like to cast a vote for Marni Penning's female Hamlet. She was 
great, and the production went to the Cleveland SAA meeting with Jasson 
Minidakis as director. The production was marked by glitches. The 
rebellious Laertes went out for a smoke when he should have been leading 
his rebels. Claudius and Gertrude had to shout for him to appear-but 
still no Laertes. Finally, Claudius had enough of this and was striding 
out to get Laertes when he finally runs on panting. The production was 
updated, and Claudius carried a handgun. Later in the run, the gun 
jammed-so he threw it at Marni-and missed. Nonetheless, I was flattered 
when someone took me for the director.

Bill

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From:		Mario Ghezzi <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:		Saturday, 01 Mar 2008 17:18:10 +1100
Subject: 19.0141 The Best Hamlet
Comment:	Re: SHK 19.0141 The Best Hamlet

The best Hamlet I ever experienced was Richard Roxburgh's Hamlet for 
Company B's production in 1999 in Sydney Australia. Here was the 
mercurial minded and 'lethal' youth so often missing from productions 
with older players. This Hamlet indeed suffered because he knew too much 
about this 'sullied flesh' we all inhabit and that he had been born to 
'set it right' in the 'prison' of Denmark. It was directed by Neil 
Armfield, a gifted talent if there ever was one. By the way, Geoffrey 
Rush played Horatio and was the best I have ever seen in the role. Let 
me put in a word for the quality of Aussie Shakespeare productions.

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From:		Terence Hawkes <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:		Saturday, 1 Mar 2008 11:56:25 -0000
Subject: 19.0129 The Best Hamlet
Comment:	Re: SHK 19.0129 The Best Hamlet

Arnold Schwarzenegger.

T. Hawkes

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From:		Ida Gaskin <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:		Sunday, 2 Mar 2008 13:11:35 +1300
Subject: 19.0141 The Best Hamlet
Comment:	Re: SHK 19.0141 The Best Hamlet

Gloria Belcher asks if anyone else saw Roger Rees 's Hamlet in the RSC 
1984/5 Stratford season. I was also in UK and saw all the productions of 
that year and agree that Rees's was a most memorable performance (as was 
his Berowne in "Love's Labour's Lost" the same year). But for me the 
best ever Hamlet was the first I saw- Alec Guinness in a "modern dress" 
version at the Old Vic in 1938 when he was young and I was young!

Ida Gaskin.

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From:		Anna Kamaralli <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:		Tuesday, 4 Mar 2008 13:55:41 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: 19.0141 The Best Hamlet
Comment:	Re: SHK 19.0141 The Best Hamlet

When I saw Calixto Bieito's 2003 production I realised that, although I 
thought I had seen several bad Hamlets, they had actually been merely 
mediocre.

Regards,
Anna

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From:		Patty Winter <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:		Wednesday, 5 Mar 2008 09:22:41 -0800
Subject: 19.0137 The Best Hamlet
Comment:	Re: SHK 19.0137 The Best Hamlet

The New York branch of the Paley Center for Media (formerly the Museum 
of Television & Radio) will be presenting a recording of Richard 
Burton's 1964 "Hamlet" in May. I believe this is the same 
"Electronovision" recording that is already available on commercial DVD, 
but at the Paley Center, you'll be able to see it on the big screen. 
Also, the video will be introduced by his daughter Kate.

More information here:

http://www.mtr.org/events/ss-08spring/ny-performance.htm#5-22

Patty

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