The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1499 Friday, 7 June 2002
Date: Thursday, 6 Jun 2002 15:59:19 +0100
Subject: 13.1490 Re: Why Hawthorne Hated the RSC
Comment: Re: SHK 13.1490 Re: Why Hawthorne Hated the RSC
I sympathise with Hawthorn and concur a sad view of one strata of
English society. I have come across these types of people in my social
travels and conclude that they are just as awful as Hawthorn relates.
They are attached to the Royal set, the Queen being the apex of their
aspirations, and the prime example of what Hawthorn experienced. They
are a clutch of parasites only dimly aware of the damage they do to the
society that sycophantically feeds them with grins and smiles. They are
like irresponsible children suddenly embarrassed by their own sexual
needs and little idea of what to do with it except to each other. They
soak up vast amounts of money with no real idea where it actually goes
or where it came from. They live lonely wretched lives punctuated by
heavy drinking and routine holidays. It shows how far we have come from
the days of Shakespeare's court where Kings and Princes were the
politicians and civil servants with real power and real responsibility.
The so called British royal family and their patronised theatre groups
have none of either. I am minded of Brakenbury's words from R3. 1.4.75.
Sorrow breaks seasons and reposing hours,
Makes the night morning, and the noon-tide night.
Princes have but their tides for their glories,
An outward honour for an inward toil;
And, for unfelt imagination,
They often feel a world of restless cares:
So that, betwixt their tides and low names,
There's nothing differs but the outward fame.
How times change.
From Elizabeth Windsor to the rude and ignorant boy at the ticket desk
at the Barbican who corrected my pronunciation of Troilus, they are the
few that live off the good will of the many. Shakespeare would have
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