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King Lear - Nt

Simon Russel Beale/Sam Mendes

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#1 Epicoene

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 01:58 PM

There was an interview with SRB in the Guardian saying he's intending to do this frequently-rumoured production in 2014. Not sure if it's the part for him - of those who haven't played it I'd prefer to see Michael Pennington.

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 02:19 PM

I think he will be brilliant. Why shouldn't he be?

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:28 PM

View PostLynette, on 03 December 2012 - 02:19 PM, said:

I think he will be brilliant. Why shouldn't he be?

I don't think he can play very unsympathetic characters any more, or at least the audience won't let him, he will be getting laughs where none should be.

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:31 PM

It's OK, he's playing Cordelia.
"witty ... both made me laugh but also gave me pause" - Mark Shenton, The Stage

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:34 PM

View Postxanderl, on 03 December 2012 - 03:31 PM, said:

It's OK, he's playing Cordelia.

Ha ha. Of course Fool would be perfect for him.

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:41 PM

View PostEpicoene, on 03 December 2012 - 03:28 PM, said:

I don't think he can play very unsympathetic characters any more, or at least the audience won't let him, he will be getting laughs where none should be.
You saw Timon? the second half....

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:45 PM

I don't remember many laughs in The Life of Galileo

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 04:27 PM

He was pretty evil in Deathtrap

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 05:53 PM

Is Lear a very unsympathetic character? Not dad of the year, I'll grant you, but not a cartoon villain either. I'd expect an actor like SRB to be good at getting out all the nuances.
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Posted 03 December 2012 - 06:22 PM

That seems to vary - McKellen certainly got his nuances out, can't remember if Jacobi did.
"witty ... both made me laugh but also gave me pause" - Mark Shenton, The Stage




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