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Shakespeare's Globe Final Performances of Season
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 21.0400  Monday, 11 October 2010

From:         Hardy M. Cook <
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Date:         October 4, 2010 2:17:01 PM EDT
Subject: Shakespeare's Globe Final Performances of Season
Comment:      SHK 21.0388  Shakespeare's Globe Final Performances of Season

In this posting, I raised concerns I had with the staging/blocking of the Merry 
Wives of Windsor this season at Shakespeare's Globe:

>The only show that I was able to see this season was the Merry Wives, some of which 
>I liked and some of which I had problems. My major objection was that the company 
>seemed to be playing to the audience in front of them as if in a proscenium stage 
>and not using the thrust stage as if it were similar to the modern theatre in the 
>round. Thus, I found the performances somewhat static, sitting as I was to the far 
>side of stage right. (This is what I get for not booking my tickets in advance and 
>having to settle for choosing our four seats from among six or eight seats that had 
>not been sold.) In the best productions, I have seen at the Globe, the actors were 
>constantly moving, using the thrust stage to its advantage and not as if they were 
>in a proscenium. I missed this style in the Merry Wives I saw. Overall, I found the 
>company to be one of the most consistently strong I have seem at Shakespeare's 
>Globe, in many ways far superior to the uneven company I saw this summer in the 
>Courtyard Theatre in Stratford. 

Does anyone have any thoughts about this issue in this production or about blocking 
on the Globe Theatre stage in general?


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