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King Lear: Looking for Advice on Editing and Setting
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2155  Monday, 10 November 2003

From:           Tanya Gough <
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Date:           Friday, 7 Nov 2003 08:51:01 -0500
Subject: 14.2143 King Lear: Looking for Advice on Editing and
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.2143 King Lear: Looking for Advice on Editing and
Setting

Just for the record, Lear has been done recently as a western, in a made
for TV version starring Patrick Stewart.  The text is all modern
language, but the plot follows Lear closely, with some interesting
twists.  Lear is a land baron who is ready to retire, and gives his
lands to his girls both to reward them and endebt them to himself.
France is represented as a Mexican territory, which the two elder
daughters have their eye on.  It's a broadly played Western which
adheres to the elements of sweeping landscape and individual melodrama
characteristic of the genre. It's currently available on DVD through our
catalogue and elsewhere.

Tanya Gough
The Poor Yorick Shakespeare Catalogue
www.bardcentral.com

Oops, forgot to mention that the aforesaid Patrick Stewart remake of
Lear is called The King of Texas.

And while I'm here, there's also a low budget film called My Kingdom
with Richard Harris, which sets Lear in the gangster underground in
Liverpool. The DVD for this film has been delayed, but we're hoping to
have it in circulation by Christmas.

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