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Q: F and Q Productions of _King Lear_
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0063  Monday, 19 January 1998.

From:           Mary Christina McLaren <
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Date:           Sunday, 18 Jan 1998 20:22:12 -0400 (AST)
Subject:        Q: F and Q productions of _King Lear_

Dear SHAKSPEReans,

I have recently been looking at the differences between the First Quarto
and Folio versions of _King Lear_.  The general conclusion regarding
their differences seems to be that the Quarto 'reads' better, while the
Folio 'plays' better on stage; my initial instinct is to agree with that
verdict.

I am curious, however, whether there have been any actual modern stage
productions based solely on either of these versions (as opposed to the
usual conflated version).  If so, I would be interested in hearing about
its success or failure.  If it has not been done, I am curious as to
why?  Responses on or off the list would be appreciated.

Mary McLaren
Dalhousie University

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