Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 517. Tuesday, 31 August 1993.
Date: Tuesday, 31 Aug 1993 00:03:54 -0600
Subject: 4.0516 Re: Wanamaker's Globe
Comment: Re: SHK 4.0516 Re: Wanamaker's Globe
With respect to John D., whom I have known for years from the International
Shakespeare Conferences sponsored by the University of Birmingham at the
Shakespeare Institute in S/A:
Whether or not the Globe restored rises on the South Bank or not, the
project holds obvious importance in the present British political scene,
especially the Labour-Tory or working class-merchant class conflict. And
John D. stands firmly on the Labour side, to the far left. Many theatre
artists and scholars do not take such a narrow and parochial view. Peggy
Ashcroft and others lay down in the dirt to prevent the bulldozing of the
site; the Wanamaker effort enjoys wide support around the world.
The Cut and the Southwark area around Waterloo station have long been an
eyesore--beset by an underclass of beggars and homeless alcoholics panhandling
for drinks or drugs. If the Globe restored ameliorates this condition--and the
local council can earmark money to do so if it sees fit--so much the better.
Merely obstructing the building in the vain belief that it will harm the
indigent or the working poor is codswallop. The sort of Labour cant that
discredited the party and kept Maggy the Great in office lo those many years.
Come on, John. Give it a rest and get with the best.
University of Illinois