The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0253  Friday, 31 March 2006

From: 		Ellen Joy Letostak <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Thursday, 30 Mar 2006 14:42:40 -0500
Subject: 17.0247 Beatles Do Shakespeare
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.0247 Beatles Do Shakespeare

The scene is also available, in more complete form, on the DVD compilation:

_Beatles Around the World_
(Mark Devito, Geoffrey Giuliano)
UK, 110 min.

The DVD features a compilation of 1960s Beatle live and televised 
performances from England, America, and Japan, most notably the 
Midsummer parody from the U.K. special _Around the Beatles_, originally 
broadcast 28 April 1964. As most of the film evolves from old 16mm 
footage, quality is variable.

The complete scene features the Beatles in renaissance dress at the 
start of their TV special, which apparently is being filmed at a '60s 
version of the Globe Theatre. Ringo raises a flag on a faux theatre roof 
that announces the show's title, _Around the Beatles_. He peeks out an 
exit door to observe hundreds of placard-carrying Beatles fans, marching 
into the theatre chanting their own Fab Four version of the "We Love You 
Conrad" tune from _Bye, Bye Birdie_ (George Sidney, 1963). While the 
other three Beatles blow trumpets, Ringo fires a cannon stage left, a 
scene that is replete with humorous diegetic sound effects. The interior 
sound stage itself is a postmodern, Globe-esque, three-tiered space 
complete with thrust stage. The "groundlings" enter and fill the tubular 
tiers and remain standing throughout the P & T performance, which is 
interrupted by audience catcalls. The Beatles do a fine job of playing 
off the audience response and seem to be enjoying themselves tremendously.


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