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King Lear (Chichester)

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#1 paultheatre

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Posted 11 June 2013 - 10:33 PM

To play in the Autumn.  Langella back to give us his Lear.

#2 Polly1

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Posted 11 June 2013 - 11:28 PM

And Michael Sheen as his Fool?

#3 Lynette

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Posted 11 June 2013 - 11:29 PM

Isn't David Haig giving us his Lear somewhere? It's those buses again....

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 01:43 AM

View PostPolly1, on 11 June 2013 - 11:28 PM, said:

And Michael Sheen as his Fool?

Having played Blair for the last decade, he's well practiced.

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 01:44 AM

View PostNicholas, on 12 June 2013 - 01:43 AM, said:

Having played Blair for the last decade, he's well practiced.

Correction to myself - the Fool is the wisest character in Lear.  Playing Blair won't have given Sheen any insights into playing wise characters.

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 02:06 AM

View PostLynette, on 11 June 2013 - 11:29 PM, said:

Isn't David Haig giving us his Lear somewhere? It's those buses again....

Theatre Royal Bath, I believe, Lear is one of the Shakespeare plays like Much Ado, Macbeth, Hamlet that gets done constantly by various theatre companies. Stuff like Measure for Measure, The Taming of the Shrew, Merchant of Venice don't revived as often.

The Taming of the Shrew is one I think would do really well as a commericial production like the Tennant/Tate Much Ado About Nothing but in the vein of Frankenstein and Old Times and have the actors playing Katerina and Petruchio swap roles on a rotaed basis or coin swap or just have a man playing Katerina and a woman playing Petruchio.

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 05:39 AM

An all male Taming of the Shrew perhaps? Maybe the moment has passed. There was an acceptable production at the Globe last year that brought the play back from the dead. Yes, lots of Lears. SRB up next.

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 05:54 AM

View PostLynette, on 12 June 2013 - 05:39 AM, said:

An all male Taming of the Shrew perhaps? Maybe the moment has passed. There was an acceptable production at the Globe last year that brought the play back from the dead. Yes, lots of Lears. SRB up next.
Propeller are doing a few performances of an all-male Taming at the Hampstead in July if I remember correctly.
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Posted 12 June 2013 - 06:20 AM

View PostAlf, on 12 June 2013 - 05:54 AM, said:


Propeller are doing a few performances of an all-male Taming at the Hampstead in July if I remember correctly.

And the Globe are touring an all female version! I am looking forward to seeing in July in Oxford.

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 06:39 AM

View Postpaultheatre, on 11 June 2013 - 10:33 PM, said:

To play in the Autumn.  Langella back to give us his Lear.
Really ? Who's directing ? Wasn't it Grandage who was saying how difficult he'd been to direct ?




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