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Current at New Globe and Courtyard
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0305  Wednesday, 10 June 2009

[1] From:   Gabriel Egan <
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     Date:   Tuesday, 09 Jun 2009 20:41:24 +0100
     Subj:   Re: SHK 20.0295 Current at New Globe and Courtyard

[2] From:   Louis Swilley <
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     Date:   Tuesday, 9 Jun 2009 15:29:51 -0700 (PDT)
     Subj:   Mr. Fieberg is too kind


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From:       Gabriel Egan <
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Date:       Tuesday, 09 Jun 2009 20:41:24 +0100
Subject: 20.0295 Current at New Globe and Courtyard
Comment:    Re: SHK 20.0295 Current at New Globe and Courtyard

Steve Roth refers to the London replica Globe production of Macbeth in 2001,

 >. . . which used a "jazz" theme involving
 >fancy 20's dress, a great deal of dancing, and  --
 >inexplicably  --  much messing about with . . . chairs.
 >. . . I am by no means the first to pan this
 >production, by the way. The response was pretty
 >universal.

The panning from reviewers was so great that a number of large block 
bookings (especially schools) asked to cancel their tickets and get a 
refund. To their credit, the theatre management refused these requests 
and stood by the production, although those who worked at the theatre 
were almost all in private agreement that the production was laughably 
bad. Steve has neglected to mention the motorized black marble table 
that floated on wires descending from above and was controlled by a 
stage hand with a laptop in the heavens, the painted underside of which 
had to be drilled to give passage to the wires.

The director, Tim Carroll, wore a terribly harried expression for days 
after the reviews came out. The following year he elected to direct 
Richard 2 using original practices and clothing, creating a production 
that was widely celebrated.

Gabriel Egan

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From:       Louis Swilley <
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Date:       Tuesday, 9 Jun 2009 15:29:51 -0700 (PDT)
Subject:    Mr. Fieberg is too kind

Sorry, Mr. Fieberg, When I pay $100 to watch a play, I expect 1) to be 
comfortable enough for 2 //2 hours to give my attention to the play 
rather  than to the distraction of my aching back, 2) to see a first 
class performance, 3) to be able to hear clearly every actor on the 
stage. There is absolutely NO repeat NO excuse for tormenting an 
audience with backless wooden benches; there is a limit to the delight 
of authenticity. I do not go to any theatre to leave my seat to drink 
beer or jollify; I doubt that you do, either. The bottom line here is 
that the seating in many of the London/Stratford theatres is cramped, 
claustrophobic and the auditoriums hot with stale air. This is 
inexcusable, disgraceful.

L. Swilley

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