Vladimir Putin

Flower, His Worship Archibald

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The speaker addresses the audience in his capacity of Chairman of the Trustees and Guardians of Shakespeare's Memorial. What Shakespeare means, and what a lot of help the knowledge and love of Shakespeare will give to us, no matter what our job in life may be. The story of re-building the theatre that was burned down last year in Stratford-on-Avon. Some history of Shakespeare and his work, which were originally written not with the intention of them being read; indeed, Shakespeare guarded them against publication. How and why that was so. Shakespeare's works written for the stage; to be acted. Presentation of the plays at Stratford as well and as frequently as possible. Looking to Shakespeare as a guide, even in politics, to keep you extraordinarily straight, with many illustrative examples and quotations. The world-wide appeal of Shakespeare. The controversy over who wrote the plays. Financing Shakespeare's plays. Evidence of the universal love of Shakespeare, as evidenced during the re-building of the theatre. The issue of state support for the arts.

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