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Paul and Paul with the mayor of Kansas City, Sylvester James Jr

Paul and Paul with the mayor of Kansas City, Sylvester James Jr

As we leave the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival I look across Kansas City to the trees lying beyond the skyscrapers. The Winter’s Tale which we saw in Southmoreland Park feels like it is sending its city beat onto the road in front of us. We are at once driving away from and heading towards Leontes’s fairytale castle with its thrones and glittering gowns, Bohemia’s polar bear and folk dancing. We’re on our way to New Orleans, but my memories of The Winter’s Tale and the people who have made it happen – those twenty-four people we interviewed and the three thousand people who saw it over two evenings – reach beyond Kansas City and into the wider American dream of Shakespeare.

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Kansas City to Memphis, 7 July 2014

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Author:Paul Edmondson

Head of Research and Knowledge and Director of the Stratford-upon-Avon Poetry Festival for The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Follow Paul on Twitter @paul_edmondson
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    “Another opening of another show…”

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