The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2117  Thursday, 6 September 2001

From:           Mary Jane Miller <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 5 Sep 2001 11:40:45 -0400
Subject: 12.2098 Re: Globe Macbeth
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2098 Re: Globe Macbeth

Larry Weiss:"Only Edmund played to the Globe's proclivity to try to make
to audience an active participant, at one point taking a vote as to
whether they preferred him to go with Goneril or Regan.  (On the day I
saw it, the clear preference was for Regan, a busty blonde.)"

I don't remember the vote the day I was there but the Fool stole a beer
from the groundlings and the  knights playing football through the crowd
included them in play. Hanging the fool in the Within (as I recall it
now) seemed to me to demonstrate the problems with the sightlines from
the sides of the house as well as the director's refusal to let a
mystery remain a mystery.

Covering that gorgeous stage with barn board seemed rather wasteful -
and those who come to see the theatre as much as the plays would miss
out on the full effect of the playing space.

My  two questions are:

what was that  pole and wheel for? I read it as a reference to torture
one sees in paintings - Stratford Ont had used a similar device years
ago in M for M to indicate how violent Vienna had become. But this
production used it only once or twice as a place for Edmund to spy from
- and that was all. Very odd and in our sightlines from front of third
balcony to SL;

and did anyone else find the sandbox in which Lear's chair was placed
completely distracting for the Cordelia/Lear  rediscovery? it was OK for
dividing the kingdom but by the late scenes in the play was a liability
I thought.

However we enjoyed the production as a whole and admired the actor
playing King Lear for stripping off his clothes and doing most of act
III in a loincloth when it was very cold and damp. It didn't seem too
literal, just effective.

Mary Jane

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