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November 8, 1989 | SYLVIE DRAKE, TIMES THEATER WRITER
Heralding a new alliance, the Mark Taper Forum has joined forces with Kenneth Branagh's Renaissance Theatre Company of London to present Shakespeare's "King Lear" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in repertory at the Taper from Jan. 21 through March 4. The announcement was made jointly at a press conference Tuesday by Taper artistic director Gordon Davidson and British actor-director Branagh, who will stage both plays.
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January 14, 1990 | T. H. McCULLOH
Kenneth Branagh seems to have brought all his luck on himself. By age 28 he had adapted, directed and starred in the critically acclaimed new film version of Shakespeare's "Henry V" and negotiated the first American appearance of his Renaissance Theatre Company in their new productions of "King Lear" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream," opening next Sunday at the Mark Taper Forum.
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November 19, 1989 | DAN SULLIVAN
Let's be rash: Even if the just-announced productions of "King Lear" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at the Mark Taper Forum this winter turn out to be the two worst evenings of Shakespeare that Los Angeles has ever suffered through . . . it's a terrific idea for the Taper to bring them over from London. We do not expect these productions to be the worst Shakespeare that the city has ever seen.
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November 19, 1989 | DAN SULLIVAN
Let's be rash: Even if the just-announced productions of "King Lear" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at the Mark Taper Forum this winter turn out to be the two worst evenings of Shakespeare that Los Angeles has ever suffered through . . . it's a terrific idea for the Taper to bring them over from London. We do not expect these productions to be the worst Shakespeare that the city has ever seen.
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October 16, 1988 | MARY BLUME
He looks more like James Cagney than a smoldering classical hero, but in the sweepstakes to inherit the mantle of Lord Laurence Olivier, the front-runner these days is 27-year-old Kenneth Branagh, whose Renaissance Theatre Company has made its London debut with a verve and buoyance that haven't been seen here since the National Theatre opened under Olivier 20 years ago.
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January 14, 1990 | T. H. McCULLOH
Kenneth Branagh seems to have brought all his luck on himself. By age 28 he had adapted, directed and starred in the critically acclaimed new film version of Shakespeare's "Henry V" and negotiated the first American appearance of his Renaissance Theatre Company in their new productions of "King Lear" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream," opening next Sunday at the Mark Taper Forum.
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April 23, 1991 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Jelly's Best Jam: George C. Wolfe's "Jelly's Last Jam," which closed Sunday at the Mark Taper Forum, broke the theater's total box-office record for an eight-week run. The tribute to jazzman Jelly Roll Morton took in $767,746, besting the previous record of $758,826 for Kenneth Branagh's Renaissance Theatre Company's repertory productions of "King Lear" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in March, 1990.
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January 27, 1990
I was perplexed to read that theater critic Sylvie Drake, in her Jan. 22 review, was disturbed that the Fool had been cut out of the Dover scenes in the Renaissance Theatre Company's production of "King Lear." In my longtime study of this masterwork, I have never found a version of the play that had the Fool appear at Dover. Kenneth Branagh's production quite properly has the Fool expire on the heath. By moving the final speech of Act III, Scene 2--the Fool's prophecy about the fate of "the realm of Albion"--to the end of Act I and by having the Fool pass his coxcomb on to Edgar, the Fool's death becomes a palpable landmark of the new stage of Lear's journey through madness.
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November 7, 1989 | From Times Staff and wire service reports
Shakespeare's "King Lear" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream," will be presented in repertory by London's Renaissance Theatre Company at the Mark Taper Forum in the Music Center Jan. 21 through March 4. The announcement was made today by Taper artistic director Gordon Davidson and British actor/director Kenneth Branagh, 28, who heads the Renaissance and will stage both plays.
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February 17, 1990
Last week I had the exasperating experience of paying $24 a ticket to see appallingly amateurish productions of "King Lear" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by the Renaissance Theatre Company at the Mark Taper Forum. The financial success of the repertory is not surprising, due to the interest in the company stirred up by Kenneth Branagh's superb film of "Henry V." But it saddens me to know that if an American company were to produce such inept stagings of "Lear" and "Midsummer" in its own homeland, the productions would be either laughed off of the stage or ignored.
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November 8, 1989 | SYLVIE DRAKE, TIMES THEATER WRITER
Heralding a new alliance, the Mark Taper Forum has joined forces with Kenneth Branagh's Renaissance Theatre Company of London to present Shakespeare's "King Lear" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in repertory at the Taper from Jan. 21 through March 4. The announcement was made jointly at a press conference Tuesday by Taper artistic director Gordon Davidson and British actor-director Branagh, who will stage both plays.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 16, 1988 | MARY BLUME
He looks more like James Cagney than a smoldering classical hero, but in the sweepstakes to inherit the mantle of Lord Laurence Olivier, the front-runner these days is 27-year-old Kenneth Branagh, whose Renaissance Theatre Company has made its London debut with a verve and buoyance that haven't been seen here since the National Theatre opened under Olivier 20 years ago.
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