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Equity, the actors’ union, wants to stage a nationwide “Great British Shakespeare Event” to coincide with the 2012 Olympics—with every actor on the union’s books getting involved. It’s a scheme for full thespian employment. Equity is asking its members to write to Jude Kelly, chair of the Olympic arts, culture and education committee, urging her to support the idea; and also to Tessa Jowell in the hope of getting lottery funds. The draft letter to Kelly says that the event “could bring, for once, enjoyable and participatory work to pretty well all Equity members, many…

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