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Re: Lear's Map
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1572  Wednesday, 3 July 2002

[1]     From:   Matt Henerson <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 2 Jul 2002 17:55:26 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1567 Re: Lear's Map

[2]     From:   Martin Steward <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 2 Jul 2002 15:45:40 +0100
        Subj:   SHK 13.1567 Lear's Map


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From:           Matt Henerson <
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Date:           Tuesday, 2 Jul 2002 17:55:26 EDT
Subject: 13.1567 Re: Lear's Map
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1567 Re: Lear's Map

>Several years ago I saw a production in London (I think in 1996) which
>used a huge paper map that was strewn across the stage in 1.1. The paper
>map, itself symbolic, was left on the stage for the whole production, so
>that characters simply walked all over it during the performance.  As
>the kingdom deteriorated, so did the map. The paper map was an
>intriguing and frightening symbolic representation of the fragility of
>power and of sanity.  Really well done. Sorry my memory isn't better on
>the year. Perhaps some colleagues can help with this production.

Adrian Noble's RSC production with Robert Stephens as Lear.  It also
featured a huge globe suspended above the stage which split apart
spilling sand onto the deck just before intermission.  I remember
thinking more of the design than of the performances.

Matt

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From:           Martin Steward <
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Date:           Tuesday, 2 Jul 2002 15:45:40 +0100
Subject: Lear's Map
Comment:        SHK 13.1567 Lear's Map

I think that Michael Shurgot might be remembering the 1993 production
with the late great Sir Robert Stephens in the title role.

Can't believe it's that long ago: remembering the said map, I looked up
Stephens in Dobson & Wells's Oxford Companion and got the date from
there.

m

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