The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0417  Thursday, 18 October 2012


From:        Robert Appelbaum <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         October 18, 2012 7:05:37 AM EDT

Subject:     Query: Winter’s Tale


Dear All:


I am studying the recent performance history of The Winter’s Tale, with a general interest in how the oracle scene is staged.


I am especially interested in one particular production, directed by David Farr in 2009, which played at the Courtyard Theatre, the Roundhouse, and an improvised theatre in NYC. In this play, apparently, when the oracle is pronounced a kind of earthquake shatters the scenery, including two towering bookcases which tumble – perhaps reminding the audience of the Twin Towers falling.


Has anyone out there seen one of these performances? Can anyone explain the exact sequence and effect of this scenery catastrophe? And does anyone know of similar or equally challenging staging effects from other productions?  I would be most interested to hear from you.


With regards,



Robert Appelbaum

Professor of English Literature

English Department

Uppsala University

Uppsala SE-751 20


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