The Complete Works-Shakespeare festival

Jun 1st, 2006, 12:28 PM
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The Complete Works-Shakespeare festival

Have you heard about The Complete Works? (see Newsweek item 3/31/06). This is a year long festival featuring I believe all of Shakespeare's plays, also sonnets, lectures, discussions. Many will be put on by the RSC and other international groups which started in April. Would love to be there sometime. Wonder if there are any special tours from the U. S. or in Britain. Probably out of reach for me.

I have in hand the Festival Guide sent on request if anyone has a question. Wow...Patrick Stewart in The Tempest,Ian McKellen in King Lear, Murray Abraham in The Merchant of Venice, William Houston in Coriolanus, Judi Dench in Merry Wives:the Musical, Hariet Walter in Anntony & Cleopatra, Jake Goode in Timon of Athens, plus directors Branagh, Polanski, Olivier, Cooke, Doran.

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Jun 1st, 2006, 12:36 PM
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Going to see Jean-Luc "make it so" at the end of June. Definately want to see Sir Ian in King Lear
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Jun 1st, 2006, 01:58 PM
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I've been reading about it for some time - hoping to get over towards the end of the festival. Though the musical Merry Wives w/ Judi Dench would have been worth a special trip.

Back in the 70's I attended another first at RSC Stratford. The entire Henry trilogy on the same day (well, day and looooong night) w/ mostly the same cast. And all the characters that are in more than one of the plays were played by the same actors.

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Jun 4th, 2006, 02:04 AM
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Goodness, how did I miss this. Thankfully, Lear is last, since I have no leave left this year. At all.

The last time I saw Ian McKellan at Stratford was in 1976 and he was playing Romeo. What a difference in 30 years.
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Jun 4th, 2006, 04:53 AM
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Sheila - I saw the same Romeo/Juliet!

I was living in Oxfordshire at the time
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Jun 4th, 2006, 08:09 AM
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I spent the summer in Stratford working in a hotel. Who of my generation in Britain will ever forget that summer. I saw R&J three tiomes, The Tempest with John Wopdvine, twice, and As you like it with Donald Sinden and whatername three times, as well as everything that played at The Other Place. Was it fun or what?
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Jun 4th, 2006, 08:23 AM
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I hope I will be able to go to see Sir Ian's King Lear if the budget allow!! Fingers crossed !!
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Jun 4th, 2006, 08:29 AM
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Thanks for this. More details
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