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Thursday, 22 October 2015


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David do you think it's possible that decades of television showing these various productions of Will's classics may have jaded people's view of them today? TV often does a poor job with authenticity. Lowest common denominator and all that.

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;
Or close the wall up with our English dead.

Worth it for that alone! Thanks, Will, for NOT stopping after H IV 2!

Possibly, Whiters, but simulcast is a different concept from TV. Here, the cameras move in and film an actual live performance so the quality is very definitely with the company and the director concerned. I saw two simulcasts of Shakespeare comedies from the RSC recently, 'Loves Labours Lost' and 'Love's Labours Won' (Much Ado About Nothing). Simply superb and if you want to try them out I'm sure they're on DVD sale, so if you haven't got a cinema complex near you that is signed up for simulcasts you could watch on your TV.

Actually, thinking about it, some of the specially-made film/TV versions might improve people's views of Shakespeare because, apart from anything else, they cut the text which is not always a bad thing - as the opening scenes of 'Henry V' demonstrate when the tedious Archbishop of Canterbury 'bores for Britain' on the intricacies of Hal's claim to France. Of course, the RSC (the Church of Shakespeare) dare not take the cutting knife to too much of the 'holy' text! Brannagh's film, I seem to remember, was an excellent example of a cut and edited version.

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