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#1 Jenny_tyr

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Posted 22 March 2007 - 01:18 PM

The previews of the Nunn/McKellen Lear starts on Saturday and I must say it's going to be interesting to hear exactly how long it is. I notice that the RSC has chosen to schedule both King Lear and The Seagull at 7.00 pm, instead of the usual 7.15 or 7.30, so I guess they're wise to the fact that all of Nunn's productions tend to be long. I wonder if he'll manage to do an entirely uncut Lear, which I'm assuming that this will be, in under 3,5 hours. If we were betting on this I think I'd put my money on 3 hours and 40 minutes, including interval. Anybody else want to hazard a guess?

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Posted 23 March 2007 - 07:53 AM

I have seen KL run longer than 3:40, so I will guess 3:50 once the run gets started - I imagine previews will be nearer 4:00.

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Posted 26 March 2007 - 04:22 PM

3.20 is the aim - apparently (incl interval)

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Posted 26 March 2007 - 05:25 PM

QUOTE(Welthorpe @ Mar 26 2007, 06:22 PM) View Post
3.20 is the aim - apparently (incl interval)


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#5 Alnoor

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Posted 26 March 2007 - 11:26 PM

Well--I was there tonight-at the second preview.
The programme states the length is 3hr 20 min.
Tonight it started at 7.00 and finished at 10.35 with one interval.

Quite a few audience members turned up late.

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Posted 27 March 2007 - 07:03 AM

Was it obvious what cuts he had made to get it to run so short ? Maybe Trev has concluded (along with many of us) that there are some parts of this play which, though the passage of time, have become too obscure to clarify and so they should be omitted.

Having a starting time other than 7:30 does indeed cause many late arrivals - in this case they will have missed a significant proportion of the first half. Good.

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Posted 27 March 2007 - 07:19 AM

I am not familiar with the play in great detail so cannot say what was cut.
Some of the latecomers were not seated until at least 30 minutes had gone so they must have missed the 'wonderful'declarations of Goneril and Regan!

I am seeing it again on 4/4/07.

Can't wait

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Posted 27 March 2007 - 07:28 AM

QUOTE(Alnoor @ Mar 27 2007, 09:19 AM) View Post
I am not familiar with the play in great detail so cannot say what was cut.
Some of the latecomers were not seated until at least 30 minutes had gone so they must have missed the 'wonderful'declarations of Goneril and Regan!


You mean that they actually allow latecomers to enter when the play has already started? I hate that, it's such a distraction for everyone else, they should be made to wait until the interval if they can't be bothered to show up on time. I'm seeing it on Thursday and Saturday this week, and I sure hope there's not many latecomers then, but with my luck there's bound to be, and I'm sure they'll all have seats for the row in front of me. rolleyes.gif

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Posted 27 March 2007 - 08:26 AM

Why is seating latecomers a surprise? Surely it's absolutely standard during a scene break and with a show not starting at 7.30pm it's inevitable that there will be a few. I don't know why anyone would be pleased that people should miss part of a play - it's careless to be late but sometimes it's unavoidable

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Posted 27 March 2007 - 12:59 PM

To be honest I don't see why latecomers should be admitted at all (except at the interval) - even if it is "unavoidable" - it's like taking a plane, if you're there too late it will take off without you and no amount of bleating about unavoidable delays will change that. It is discourteous to those who managed to get there in time to have a group of people barge in during the action. Still, it always happens with non 7:30 starts, and at places like Chichester where a significant part of the audience are too bufuddled to get themselves organised.

Another thing I don't like is performances which don't start on time - if it says 7:30 that's when I want to see it start, not five minutes late.




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