The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 21.0324 Wednesday, 28 July 2010
Date: July 26, 2010 12:51:33 PM EDT
Subject: 21.0314 Two Gents at Stratford Festival
Comment: Re: SHK 21.0314 Two Gents at Stratford Festival
Stage directions for Jonson's *Oberon* (1611) clearly envisage (two) real bears,
white, probably the two polar bears acquired from the royal household in 1609 by
Henslowe and Alleyn for their bear-baiting operation, and perhaps available for
WT -- see Teresa Grant, "White Bears in Mucedorus, The Winter's Tale, and
Oberon, the Faery Prince," Notes and Queries 48 (Sept. 2001), pp. 311-13. But a
brown bear from the bear-baiting, or otherwise kept and trained for public show,
would have served.
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