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Topic: KING LEAR News & Discussion | Damien Molony, Sir Ian Mckellen | Chichester Festival Theatre

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2 weeks ago I had the chance to get 2 tickets. But I could not buy the tickets because I did not have my credit card on hand. Half an hour later the tickets were sold.cry

Hopefully there are still other returns  fingerscrossed (love the new emoji biggrin)

 



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domino wrote:

...and despite the 'script' having to be the same (can't really mess with Shakespeare or it ain't Shakespeare)


 

If you look at the run time of different versions of the play you'll probably reach a different conclusion! Directors regularly cut bits of dialogue and even whole chunks of the plays for various reasons. Having already played a character may even be a disadvantage if the experience is too recent or too deeply ingrained, I suspect - going into "auto pilot" and carrying on to a bit of dialogue you did in the first one but this director has decided to cut must be an occupational hazard!

Having already worked with Sir Ian and Jonathon Bailey on other projects should provide a great "short cut" - the relationships actors have to build will already be in place to some extent and they can get into the meat of the play faster. Let's just hope we all get to see the results somehow!



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...and despite the 'script' having to be the same (can't really mess with Shakespeare or it ain't Shakespeare)


 

If you look at the run time of different versions of the play you'll probably reach a different conclusion! Directors regularly cut bits of dialogue and even whole chunks of the plays for various reasons. Having already played a character may even be a disadvantage if the experience is too recent or too deeply ingrained, I suspect - going into "auto pilot" and carrying on to a bit of dialogue you did in the first one but this director has decided to cut must be an occupational hazard!

 


 Yes it is a director's privilege to cut chunks of text, but rare to change or add different lines/ change the language. I was referring to Damien learning lines from a play text. I suspect the classics are slightly different to newer plays in this regard, and it happens less in general than for example with film scripts. However I am no expert but would be very surprised if they changed lines.



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2 weeks ago I had the chance to get 2 tickets. But I could not buy the tickets because I did not have my credit card on hand. Half an hour later the tickets were sold.cry

Hopefully there are still other returns  fingerscrossed (love the new emoji biggrin)

 

 


 The new emoji is certainly proving popular Sana, glad you like it.

And WOW - sorry to hear about the tickets! how did that opportunity arise? I thought the play sold out months ago!



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Attention Molonians!

Keep your eyes on the King Lear CFT tickets page!

 A handful of tickets were available yesterday but were snapped up quickly.

Fingers crossed for more!  

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Excellent rehearsal snacks! It doesn't look like they lasted long!

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Only just under 2 weeks to go until Damien is back on the stage! 

It would be lovely to see some promo images / rehearsal images soon! fingerscrossed



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Chichester Festival Theatre seem to be keeping very quiet about this..... Some rehursal pics would be lovely, although it's starting to feel a bit unlikely this late in the run-up. Maybe they just don't feel they need the publicity as it's already been sold out for so long.



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Exciting!

 

Getting into costume... #kinglear @chichesterft #chichester #theatre #shakespeare #edmund

A post shared by Damien Molony (@damien_molony) on Sep 18, 2017 at 1:24am PDT



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Brilliant to see Damien tweeting about this!!

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From Damien's Instagram:
"Not long until our first performance this Friday! Tickets still available, especially if you're age 16-25. And there will always be returns, it's always worth checking the @chichesterft Box Office" 


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Rehearsal photos of Damien as Edmund, thanks to Dominic Mafham who plays Albany in King Lear.


 

Edmund having a word with God knows who

A post shared by Dominic Mafham (@mrpoosthelurcher) on Sep 18, 2017 at 12:44pm PDT



 

Gloucester, doing stuff while he's still got eyes

A post shared by Dominic Mafham (@mrpoosthelurcher) on Sep 18, 2017 at 12:45pm PDT





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So brilliant and exciting to see these rehearsal pictures!!

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A proper treat!!!

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Edmund according to Schmoop!  (kinda looks like Damien don't you think?)

 

 

kinglearedmund.png

 

Jon Snow, or Loki though?

 



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Oh what a lovely little sneak peak.

And yes.....Edmund.....

 



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Reading fully excellent audience reviews for the King Lear opening night preview last night! Want to hear more about this productions interpretation... the modern dress etc.. BUT MOST OF ALL I WANT TO HEAR ABOUT EDMUND!

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Enjoyed reading this King Lear review from Monstgigz 

THEATRE REVIEW: King Lear starring Ian McKellen

Sinead Cusack sounds increds in the play. This sentence intrigues

"...the eye-gouging scene is reimagined in an abattoir in true Pulp Fiction-fashion with Beggin’ You on the beatbox..."



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Ooh 'eck - I find that one of the hardest-to-watch scenes in Shakespeare as it is! I suspect I'd be keeping my eyes firmly closed for a good while if I was there!

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It certainly sounds like a very dynamic production with an incredible cast. Not sure how I feel about Damien being described as 'always reliable'.

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It certainly sounds like a very dynamic production with an incredible cast. Not sure how I feel about Damien being described as 'always reliable'.


 I know what you mean rosie - "always reliable" manages to sound both complimentary and dismissive at the same time....!



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Can't believe that I'm actually going to see this on Friday - that's only 5 days away!!  coolbounce

I'd be super excited to see Damo on stage anyway.....but the thought of seeing him as Edmund in King Lear has sat with me for such a long time that i really can't quite believe that this is for real!  .....and with such a cast - let alone with Sir Ian as Lear himself!  .....and in such an intimate space!  ....and this production - which looks absolutely phenomenal! 

 

 



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Ian McKellen was interviewed for BBC Front Row, the programme airs 7.30 (uk time) on BBC Radio 4 tonight (Saturday 7 Oct).

Ahead of the programme is the BBC piece below, in which 2 things are a real "nooo!"

 

1. King Lear might be Sir Ian's last Shakespeare

"Interviewing him for BBC Two's Front Row, I asked him if he would ever act in Shakespeare again. He replied: "Well, I think probably not really.""

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2. One of Edmund's soliloquies (one of his most important) was truncated in this production!  

That is practically horrifying to me!

But, the nice words about Damien as Edmund almost make up for it... almost ..

"Director Jonathan Munby's production thankfully honours Shakespeare's original intention. My only quibble with an otherwise outstanding show is that, on the night I saw it at least, one of Edmund's soliloquies suffered the unkindest cut. 

His declaration that "this is the excellent foppery of the world…", which culminates in my favourite line from all Shakespeare, which should be inscribed on the memory of all atheists - "an admirable evasion of whoremaster man, to lay his goatish disposition to the charge of a star" - was horribly truncated.

 But Damien Molony, who is superb alongside Phoebe Waller-Bridge in the Channel 4 comedy Crashing, is such a brilliant Edmund that he can be forgiven."

Read on, below

Sir Ian McKellen says King Lear is his 'last big Shakespeare part'



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