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Review: The Two Gentlemen of Verona

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.333  Monday, 28 July 2014

 

From:        Kirk McElhearn < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         July 23, 2014 at 7:00:24 AM EDT

Subject:    Review: The Two Gentlemen of Verona

 

http://www.mcelhearn.com/theater-review-the-two-gentlemen-of-verona-by-the-royal-shakespeare-company/

 

Best,

Kirk

 

If you know a few Shakespeare plays, you certainly know Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello, King Lear, and maybe a few of the history plays. Some of the comedies are well known: Much Ado about Nothing, As You Like It, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. And everyone knows Romeo and Juliet.

 

But in the canon, there are a number of plays that are rarely performed, and that most people are unfamiliar with. The Two Gentlemen of Verona is one of these. The Royal Shakespeare Company has not performed this play on its main stage in 45 years, and I attended the opening night of the current production in Stratford-upon-Avon.

 
 
“Shakespeare More Exciting than a TV Series” – Henry VI at the Avignon Festival

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.332  Monday, 28 July 2014

 

From:        Kirk McElhearn < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         July 23, 2014 at 6:59:41 AM EDT

Subject:    “Shakespeare More Exciting than a TV Series” – Henry VI at the Avignon Festival 

 

http://www.mcelhearn.com/shakespeare-more-exciting-than-a-tv-series-henry-vi-at-the-avignon-festival/

 

I comment on a review of a French production of Henry VI, all three plays in one day, over 18 hours (well, 13 hours of play; the rest is intermissions).

 

Best,

Kirk

 

Henry VI – Shakespeare’s three-part history play – is one of the Bard’s earliest works, and my only experience seeing it performed was not very positive. I spotted an article about a production at the Avignon Festival in France, that claims that the play is “more exciting than a TV series.” Performing all three plays in one day, from 10 am to 4 am, the production is “18 hours long,” though that’s the total running time of the plays (13 hours) including intermissions.

 
 
A Query about Actor Blogs

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.331  Monday, 28 July 2014

 

From:        Cary Mazer < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         July 21, 2014 at 9:42:47 AM EDT

Subject:    A Query about Actor Blogs

 

Friends,

 

For a current project, I am researching blogs by actors preparing and rehearsing Shakespearean roles, especially (but not limited to) ones officially sponsored by the companies presenting the productions.

 

Do you have any favorites, past of present?  If so, please send me the links. (You can send them directly to me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , rather than clogging up SHAKSPER).

 

Thanks.

Cary

 

[Editor’s Note: Please feel free to send them to SHAKSPER too. –Hardy]

 
 
Shakespeare Magazine - New Issue

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.330  Monday, 28 July 2014

 

From:        Pat Reid < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         July 22, 2014 at 8:29:53 AM EDT

Subject:    Shakespeare Magazine - New Issue

 

I wanted to let you know that the third issue of Shakespeare Magazine is now available to read online:

 

http://issuu.com/shakespearemagazine/docs/shakespeare_magazine_03

 

Highlights include The Shakespeare Guide to Brazil, Shakespeare's Cleopatra on screen, Henry IV in Washington DC and an exhibition of beautiful French Shakespeare costumes. 

 

I very much hope you enjoy the issue, and please feel free to share with anyone you feel may be interested.

 

All best wishes,

Pat Reid - Editor, Shakespeare Magazine

 

NB Shakespeare Magazine is a completely free online magazine. You don’t have to ‘Follow’ or sign up - just click or swipe to start turning the pages. 

 

Website: http://www.shakespearemagazine.com

 

Previous issues: 

 

http://issuu.com/shakespearemagazine/docs/shakespeare_magazine_01

 

http://issuu.com/shakespearemagazine/docs/shakespeare_magazine_02

 

Twitter: @UKShakespeare

 
 
Shakespeare-Themed Book Reviews and Course Adoptions

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.329  Monday, 28 July 2014

 

From:        Lois Leveen < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         July 17, 2014 at 5:45:51 PM EDT

Subject:    Shakespeare-Themed Book Reviews and Course Adoptions

 

Colleagues,

 

As some of you know, JULIET’S NURSE is being published by Simon & Schuster this September. It imagines the 14 years leading up to the events in Romeo and Juliet, as told from the pov of the nurse. There is much Shakespeare but also much medieval/Renaissance Italian history woven in, and I’m honored to say the audiences who’ve heard scenes from it (at Shakespeare 450 in Paris, as well as the Kalamazoo Medievalist Congress) have responded quite warmly, and Arthur Little at UCLA has already read the book and given it a lovely blurb.

 

If any of you do reviews of Shakespeare-themed works, S&S has advanced reader copies available for reviewers. You can request one from Mellony Torres < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >.

 

In addition, I know a September pub date makes it difficult to consider a book for the 2014-15 school year, but if you use contemporary fiction in any of your classes and think you might want to put JULIET’S NURSE on your syllabus, I think you should be able to request as ARC for consideration. Those requests should go to Megan Reid < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >.

 

For the rest of you, I’ll let the list know when the book is officially available this autumn.

 

-Lois Leveen

 
 
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