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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Glee Editions Performance Video Collection

I guess you can tell I don't get around much. --Just found out about News on the Rialto, a notable Shakespeare blog that's been around since February of 2004!

Anyway, thanks to a March 2013 post on News on the Rialto , I discovered this great link to various excerpts from performances of all 37 plays at a website called "Glee Editions Literature Unbound". Featuring anything from the BBC to Bard on the Beach to Bob Jones, 'eclectic' might be an understated description for this collection. There you can sample around 140 Shakespeare videos from stage and film; anything from the RSC to, of all places, Bob Jones University (where, not unexpectedly, you won't hear anything from Dromio of Syracuse in reference to the bogges of Ireland, or the lower regions of Belgia and the Netherlands in his famous exchange with Antipholus in The Comedie of Errors).

As to performers, all the biggies are there, as well as some not so biggies--and some unexpected ones. --Helen Hunt as Viola and Kyra Sedgwick as Countess Olivia in a BBC recorded stage production of Twelfth Night from 1998; Anthony Quayle as Falstaff in 2Henry IV, from 1979 with the National Theatre--interesting stuff. The videos run from just under a minute to over twelve minutes. It's well worth a look--as is the News on the Rialto blog.
 Go have some fun!

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