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During a recent holiday to visit our youngest son and family in Switzerland, we stopped off in Paris for a couple of nights and found an excellent hotel just around the corner from the Comedie-Francaise. Alas, the theatre was closed in July but it was interesting to note that during the 2010/2011season, the company are presenting LES JOYEUSES COMMERES DE WINDSOR . A day or so later, a train journey took us alongside Lake Geneva and to Lausanne. Aha! THE ROUGH GUIDE TO SWITZERLAND told us that the celebrated Shakespearian actor, John Philip Kemble (especially famous in his day and age as Hamlet and Macbeth) was buried in that town in 1823.

Two references to Shakespeare across the channel within three days! Before the week was out, we were just entering Marylebone Station en route for Stratford. What was the first major poster that caught the eye? A large version of the RSC brochure cover FALL IN LOVE WITH SHAKESPEARE THIS SUMMER IN STRATFORD -UPON -AVON, complete with the now iconic photo of Sam Troughton and Mariah Gale as Romeo and Juliet.

Three holiday references to our William within a week ! That reminds me. Sometime, I must tell you about the version of the Globe Theatre in Rome….HE really is everywhere, but then he did pen those words “All the WORLD’S a stage”.

Tony Boyd-Williams

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