The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1007 Wednesday, 2 May 2001
Date: Tuesday, 1 May 2001 09:37:11 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Shakespeare and UK Soaps
This is from Peter Lathan's "British Theatre" site, dated 29 April
2001. More bizarre theatrical bits and pieces may be found at
>> Soaps are the new Shakespeare: poll
EastEnders and Coronation Street are the 21st century equivalent of
Shakespeare, according to a poll commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare
Company to mark the culmination of This England.
It found that many people believe that TV soaps make an important
statement about society in the same way that Shakespeare's productions
reflected their day. One third (33%) of those questioned opted for
EastEnders, while 29% opted for Coronation Street as the dramas which
have something to say about today's society.
Researchers from Mori Omnibus also found that there was a strong
appetite for Shakespeare with half having seen one of his plays at the
theatre. Of those 32% had seen a production in the past six years.
More than twice as many of those polled thought Shakespeare's history
plays were relevant to today (40%) than disagreed (16%).
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