Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 544.  Saturday, 11 Sept. 1993.
From:           Katherine West <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Saturday, 11 Sep 1993 08:02:49 -0500 (EDT)
Subject: 4.0539  Re: Christopher Sly and Induction
Comment:        Re: SHK 4.0539  Re: Christopher Sly and Induction
I know this doesn't refer to a modern production of Taming of the
Shrew, but you may be interested in two eighteenth-century adaptations
of the Sly induction material - both titled "The Cobler of Preston",
one by Christopher Bulloch and one by Charles Johnson, both performed
in 1716.  Both adapters create afterpieces solely from the Sly
material.  While we're on the subject of Shakespeare's politics (and
appropriation of Shakespeare for political agendas), in
Johnson's "Cobler of Preston" Sly is a supporter of the Jacobite
Rebellion in 1715, and is punished by the lord for his political
dealings; the play ends with Sly vowing his loyalty to his lord
and to King George.  Bullock chastises Johnson for using Shakespeare
and the theatre for such "unworthy" aims, and boasts that his
adaptation has the "real" Shakespeare with "no politics".  Both
adaptations are available in Cornmarket Press editions and well worth
a quick read.
Katherine West
U of Toronto
(I am writing my thesis on adaptations of the comedies in the
eighteenth century)

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