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#21 Boob

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Posted 30 March 2007 - 03:37 PM

It might be with Nunn directing...

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Posted 30 March 2007 - 03:49 PM

The Deborah Warner Julius Caesar must have been a nightmare for people with long journeys - it didn't finish untill well after 11.  I know they have to start selling tickets before rehearsals start but surely directors must decide whether or not to go for a full text fairly early on?  It can be annoying to come out of the theatre knowing you've missed last orders (wasn't that why Les Mis was cut early on?) I remember racing to the bar after the NT Galileo and some poor folkk who had been in the middle of the row getting there too late to get a drink...

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Posted 30 March 2007 - 07:26 PM

Sir Ian McKellen was on Radio 4 this morning talking about the role (rather heavy going in places). At one point, putting on an excellent accent, he recalled Sir John Gielgud's advice: "Find yourself a light Cordelia."
They're going to do more on this Lear on the Today programme on Monday, according to James Naughtie.

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Posted 30 March 2007 - 08:51 PM

If this is for general discussion of the RSC Lear, then it might be worth mentioning the nudity issue:

http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/theatre/2007/0...grow_up_no.html



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Posted 31 March 2007 - 10:26 AM

QUOTE(Duncan @ Mar 30 2007, 09:51 PM) View Post
If this is for general discussion of the RSC Lear, then it might be worth mentioning the nudity issue:

http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/theatre/2007/0...grow_up_no.html


Why does it have to be an 'issue'?

Is anybody here liable to be offended by nudity, if it makes artistic sense?

#26 armadillo

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Posted 31 March 2007 - 10:50 AM

Well, if you read the article you'll find that some people clearly were offended so nudity is still an 'issue'.  Not entirely surprising - it would be illegal for Ian McKellen to strip naked in the road during a storm but it's legal during a play (though presumably if any of the audience tried it, they'd be arrested). Personally I'm not shocked by stage nudity but I do understand why people might be (the legal anomalies show it's still a major taboo).

Is there something they put in the tea of wizards to make themwant to strip off onstage?

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Posted 31 March 2007 - 11:02 AM

QUOTE(David @ Mar 31 2007, 11:26 AM) View Post
Why does it have to be an 'issue'?

Is anybody here liable to be offended by nudity, if it makes artistic sense?


Close proximity makes all the difference there to me. Whilst I'm not offended, I prefer to not have someone's genitalia right in front of my face. Especially if it comes with an olifactory experience. I once saw a one-woman show in a very small space where she was naked the entire time, and that did put me off nudity on stage. And small venues with no escape.

So in short, as long as I'm in row D and beyond, or the nudity is an integral part of the scene I have absolutely no problem with it.


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Posted 31 March 2007 - 11:05 AM

QUOTE(armadillo @ Mar 31 2007, 11:50 AM) View Post
Well, if you read the article you'll find that some people clearly were offended so nudity is still an 'issue'.  Not entirely surprising - it would be illegal for Ian McKellen to strip naked in the road during a storm but it's legal during a play (though presumably if any of the audience tried it, they'd be arrested). Personally I'm not shocked by stage nudity but I do understand why people might be (the legal anomalies show it's still a major taboo).

Is there something they put in the tea of wizards to make themwant to strip off onstage?


I'll be willing to bet two things:-

a ) McKellen will not get the kind of publicity photoshoot that Radcliffe did, and

b ) Any photographs will not be passed around the world with the same sort of speed and interest as the Equus ones were!!

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#29 Ian

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Posted 31 March 2007 - 11:09 AM

... also having a quiet, smutty, chortle at the title of this thread, given the way the subject has been subverted!   wub.gif
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#30 tomripley

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Posted 31 March 2007 - 12:23 PM

QUOTE(Ian @ Mar 31 2007, 12:09 PM) View Post
... also having a quiet, smutty, chortle at the title of this thread, given the way the subject has been subverted!   wub.gif


The length is actually rather impressive. So I'm told.





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