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Speed Performance
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1666  Monday, 25 August 2003

From:           James Doyle <
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Date:           Friday, 22 Aug 2003 12:28:42 +0100
Subject:        Speed Performance (was: Thirteenth Night)

Jack Heller wrote: I was severely disappointed two years ago by a
performance of Coriolanus that lasted only one hour and fifteen minutes.
By my calculation, a third to a half of the text had been cut.

How fast were they going, Jack?!  I played Coriolanus three years ago,
and we cut a third of the text just to get it down to 2 hours 15. I
can't imagine what must have gone to get it down to 75 minutes - I found
the text to be denser and more linked than any of the rest of the canon
except Hamlet.

James Doyle

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