The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0619 Sunday, 2 November 2008
Date: Sunday, 2 Nov 2008 11:21:44 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Stratford (Ont.) Main Stage to be Destroyed
According to this article - http://stratfordgazette.com/stratford/article/59540,
plans are already underway at the Stratford (Ontario) Shakespeare Festival to
demolish the stage at the Festival Theatre in an effort to "modernize." The
[quote] It is a place of innovation and deep theatrical history for future
generations, a place of immeasurable value. It is the Tanya Moiseiwitsch thrust
stage, the flagship stage of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. And it is going
to be destroyed.
The original Tanya stage was built at the insistence of Sir Tyrone Guthrie
because of its importance to the spoken word of Shakespeare. Through the 1950s
it evolved into a piece of brilliance from one of the world's best theatre
designers. It is piece of heritage for the City of Stratford, their tradesmen
and volunteers who built it. It is the first of its kind since the late 1600s
and has been copied by admiring and respected theatres around the globe.
However, the new artistic leadership at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival has
blueprints ready to turn the Tanya stage into a "modern" facility in which they
hope to mount "modern productions of spectacular proportions." These plans
involve the destruction of the Tanya stage, the platform of well trodden oak,
capable of lasting centuries, on which acting titans like Christopher Plummer
began their careers.
If these plans go ahead, no "replacement replica down the road" will be able to
replace the heritage lost. It will not be original, it will not be special. The
great pride and awe it inspires will be greatly diminished.
If you wish to voice your opinion on this matter, the Stratford Festival website
is www.stratfordfestival.ca. There are not a lot of helpful contacts listed, but
the administration phone number is 1-519-271-4040.
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