At the Globe Theatre in London on Tuesday evening an appeal was
launched to raise £1 million for the refurbishment of accommodation
at Ripon College, Cuddesdon.
Lord Bragg (above, second from right) was in
conversation with Lord Blair, a former Commissioner of the
Metropolitan Police (second from left), about their shared
passion for Shakespeare's works and the King James Version of the
Bible; and about the influence that William Tyndale's translation
of the scriptures had on Shakespeare's language.
"We have lost a lot more than we ever thought by taking the King
James Bible out of schools," Lord Bragg said. "'Tragedy' is a big
word to use, but maybe it's not inappropriate. The King James Bible
became a cathedral of the mind for English-speaking people around
the world. It takes some time and commitment to understand it, but
it's worth it. It just needs a bit of will."
Lord Bragg went on to say: "A hundred years ago, Shakespeare was
dead. Now his works are performed all over the world." It needed a
concerted effort to bring the Authorised Version back into
widespread use, he told the audience. "There's an argument that
people can't understand [the KJB], but if the same was applied to
Shakespeare, we wouldn't have Hamlet saying 'To be, or not to be',
but 'Oh, I'm stressed.'"
About 150 people attended the event at the Globe Theatre, mostly
alumni and supporters of Cuddesdon. Photographed with Lord Bragg
and Lord Blair were (right) the new Principal of
Cuddesdon, the Rt Revd Humphrey Southern, and (left) Neil
Constable, Chief Executive of the Globe. Lord Blair's wife and Lord
Bragg's daughter both trained at the college.