The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2434  Wednesday, 24 October 2001

From:           Graham Hall <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 24 Oct 2001 09:58:32 +0000
Subject: 12.2400 The Merchant of RST.
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2400 The Merchant of RST.

As thick as hail came post with post.

Adrian Noble writes to outline "our bold plans for the future" and "put
to rest some of the inaccuracies that have been reported".

The "repertoire ensemble system" will be expanded on three fronts. Five
Shakespeare plays will be undertaken, three of which will be "late"
plays presented "in promenade." Six Elizabethan / Jacobean plays will be
performed further to examine the principles of acting of the period. TOP
will become the home of the "RSC Academy" and will "provide a link
between drama schools and professional theatre" to hone skills in
classical theatre, text and language. (Sounds like a sort of  posh
static version of the "Theatre in the Round" of the sixties). Moreover,
it will attend to experimentation, development and new writing.

The Barbican will become only one of a selection of London venues. (It
would be interesting to see the RSC do a production at the Globe - and
the Globe at Stratford for that matter!)

A "Stratford Theatre Village"(Oh dear! Perhaps sponsored by
Macdonalbain's) will be created between 2003-2007 (that's year not

This is indeed, as he says, "one of the most exciting, challenging and
ambitious periods in the history of the RSC."

So no mention of an increase in ladies lavatories then. And a
disappointing silence about  intentions regarding  "commercial"
productions, so beloved a feature of recent winters.

List subscribers should go to the RSC site for details and developments.

The RSC magazine (wickedly titled "The Dream Issue" with a pastiche from
Alice in Wonderland on the cover) contains an article by Noble expanding
on the future ideas for the RSC. Further, an article on  Merchant quotes
Ian Bartholomew (Shylock) [...] "the text is ambiguous and allows you to
make decisions[...]" which I would have thought is a tidy encapsulation
of the list's recent (King) Leah thread.

Finally, ibid, a young graduate from the bastard progeny of Oxford
announces the formation of the British Shakespeare Association (Details
at http://www.britishshakespeare.ws) and the inaugural meeting at the
Shakespeare Institute 2-3 Feb 2002 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) "The gas is on
at the Institute" then , to misquote Betjeman.

Best wishes,
Graham Hall

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