A Forum for and the Background of the Mediation of Dialogue in Ancient and Modern Academies

Monday, 24 November 2008

O be some other name! What's in a name? Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon

It was due time for a break from the "mediation between Oxford and Cambridge" in Plato's Sophist. So as to explore another aspect of the British qua British, καθόλου being the object both of philosophy and poetry, I payed my visit to Shakespeare's birthplace in the heart of England: Stratford-upon-Avon. Having experienced a wonderful performance of Richard III in a Cambridge college's courtyard in summer, I looked very much forward to another home production, this time by the distinguished Royal Shakespeare Company (www.rsc.org.uk). Neil Bartlett, the director of Romeo and Juliet, had accomplished excellent work with his team (outstanding contribution by the movement director, Leah Hausman). Bartlett sealed the performance with his genuine direction, his interpretation being subtle but vividly present throughout the play. Sweet anticipation is growing for next week's Hamlet.