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#1 Daniel

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Posted 17 April 2010 - 08:19 PM

I have just been to see a very commendable performance of Arthur Miller's play at Hampstead presented by the Oxford School of Drama. In this production 4 actors shared the role of Quentin & 3 actresses the role of Maggie. I am intrigued - not having seen this play before - whether  previous productions have had this type of multi-casting or whether it was simply a feature of this production?

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Posted 18 April 2010 - 01:38 AM

QUOTE(Daniel @ Apr 17 2010, 09:19 PM) View Post
I have just been to see a very commendable performance of Arthur Miller's play at Hampstead presented by the Oxford School of Drama. In this production 4 actors shared the role of Quentin & 3 actresses the role of Maggie. I am intrigued - not having seen this play before - whether  previous productions have had this type of multi-casting or whether it was simply a feature of this production?


It is not usual. I saw the NT production of this which caused a bit of a stir at the time by casting a black actress (Josette Simon) in the Marilyn Monroe role.

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Posted 18 April 2010 - 04:00 PM

Matthew Bourne's Play Without Words (based on The Servant) at the NT 5 or 6 years ago did this, and the Orange Tree did The Caucasian Chalk Circle about the same time using this approach - I found both very effective.
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