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Two Gents at Stratford Festival
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 21.0324  Wednesday, 28 July 2010

From:         David Evett <
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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.

Bearly,
Dave Evett 


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