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

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I have to admit that I'm not familiar enough with the text to know that part of Edmund's soliloquy was cut - probably just as well or I may have been distractingly disappointed!

There are a couple of nice photos in the programme which I don't think I'vet seen elsewhere.....not sure if it's ok to post them, so if you think i shouldn't domino, then feel free to delete them.

Unfortunately somebody scribbled all over the 2nd one...... wink

 

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And here's a couple of pics which weren't in the programme cool

 

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I've been musing over whether this production will go on tour....and tbh I can't see it getting transfered to the west end - that would make a nonsense of the 'intimate venue' setting.  But  it could maybe tour some smaller regional venues.....I would totally try to get to see it again if i could!

I'm still optimistic for a recording though.....it seems bad timing for a production of Lear, as i think one has recently been broadcast from The Globe?  But the production at the Minerva is being relayed to a screen in the theatre entrance - which means if you turn up to try and get a return on the night but are unsuccessful then you can still watch it on the screen!! Obviously I didn't get to watch it because i was inside biggrin  But that means that it must be being filmed every night.....it would be mental not to actually record it wouldn't it??!?!!



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I can't believe that *someone* scribbled all over your programme fifi biggrin


It looks like Damien is listening to you very intently!

And two words - arm porn! 

 


-- Edited by RPLovesIpswich on Tuesday 10th of October 2017 11:55:41 PM



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Woohoo! Congrats Lynne! and oh my god.. Love the programme! That is the first time I have seen the pics of Damien in it, wonderful.

Those are my thougths exactly on the transfer, and as you say there has been a broadcast of the play from The Globe. The BBC have also announced in recent days they will be broadcasting a version with a star studded cast.

Interesting to hear it is screened at the theatre entrance every night, worth going to try for returns for that I'd say! As we know from the past, a recording doesn't necessarily mean it will ever reach the wider audience though.. but I'm keeping everything crossed. It also begs the question of a live stream.. being extended further than the theatre entrance! fingerscrossed

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Good to hear you enjoyed it Fifi and if you're going to get your programme defaced then that's the way to do it, I reckon!

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these are great pictures. especially the one with the scribbling on it biggrin

 

I find this interesting with the screen in the theatre entrance. Everyone can get there without a ticket? Is it with sound?



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I really don't know anything about the screening of the performance other than it was happening and that as i went into the theatre there were already people sitting apparently preparing to watch it. 

As far as it being made available to a wider audience is concerned - there may be a lot of productions of Lear happening at the moment, but Sir ian has suggested that this may be his last Shakespearian role....surely that should be enough incentive in itself to want to capture it on film for posperity?! 

 

 

 



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RPLovesIpswich wrote:

I can't believe that *someone* scribbled all over your programme fifi biggrin


It looks like Damien is listening to you very intently!

And two words - arm porn! 

 


 He was probably trying to make sense of my incoherent babbling wink  I love that fact that even though you can't see my face in that pic I'm obviously grinning from ear to ear!

 



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I also got an autograph.biggrinbiggrin

Unfortunately, I could say almost nothing, because I was so excited and it is so difficult to find words in a foreign language.

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Besides, here is the text of Damien from the program.



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fifi wrote:

I really don't know anything about the screening of the performance other than it was happening and that as i went into the theatre there were already people sitting apparently preparing to watch it.

 


 Oh, since we have a few days' vacation in Chichester, I went to the theater again. No live transmission was shown on the screens at the entrance. Too bad, I thought I could have a look. hmm



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Fantastic that you got an autograph Sana! I'm not sure that anyone can say anything to Damien when they meet him!! That's the Molony effect!

Thanks for showing us Damien's section in the programme. It's interesting to see what he's written about the play and the cast.

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That's great Sana, thanks for sharing those with us! Interesting that the programme notes are an "autobiography" rather than the more usual third person stuff - it's nice that the actors can say stuff about the others they're working with, too.

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Sana wrote:

I also got an autograph.biggrinbiggrin

Unfortunately, I could say almost nothing, because I was so excited and it is so difficult to find words in a foreign language.

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Besides, here is the text of Damien from the program.



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  Sana, thank you for sharing! WOW! You met Damien and had your programme signed! So glad your trip to the UK was perfect

 

Do we think Damien wrote the info under his name, it is first person, but curious that he mentioned winning the Ian Charleson award and The Devil You Know. It seems more like someone also wrote after checking his acting credits and filmography?



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The bio stuff might be a combination of Damien's thoughts about the play and someone else writing it to get all the important bits and pieces about his career in but making it look like it's in the first person.

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I'd lay bets the actors didn't write their own, that's why I used inverted commas! I reckon the copy-writer asked for input and then wrote first person pieces to make it more "personal" but with a level of consistency across the various actors.

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Ah yes, Rosie and Maghat, it does seem more likely it is a combo of Damien's own words and some editorial. I am always excited to see something Damien has written himself, like his National Theatre live piece during No Man's Land.

There are only 7 performances of King Lear left!

This is interesting:

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A recording sounds hopeful, fingers crossed this reaches the wider audience!

I am personally hoping for a livestream for maximum accessibility fingerscrossed



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I notice 'Clean Break' isn't mentioned. It wasn't in the bio in the 'No Man's Land ' programme, either. Shame, I love it, one of my favourite Damien roles.
Love his reasons for being happy to work with some of the cast, though.
I agree with Maghat, I don't think Damien wrote it himself. It may sound an odd reason, but it's the 'born in Ireland' bit as opposed to 'I'm Irish' - just sounds a bit stilted and he isn't when you hear him in interviews or talking to fans at the stage door.



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Oooh, fingers crossed - if it's on film there's at least a chance it will make it to a wider audience somehow (although not pirated, I hope!)

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I've got my fingers firmly crossed that a recording of this is made available in some form... fingerscrossed

It's a shame it wasn't streaming when you went back to watch it Sana!  My husband came to the theatre with me for dinner, and when a member of staff discovered that I had a ticket but he didn't, they told him he could stay and watch it on the screen - and there were other people sat around infront of the screen when I went in - but he didn't stay so I can't be absolutely certain it was streamed live.

Thrilled for you that you got your programme signed!



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Interesting to read everyone's opinion on the cast notes in the programme. It does seem quite possible that they've been edited, but the writing style varies quite considerably from one cast member to the next - Danny Webb (Gloucester) actually recommends that anybody interested in finding out more of his credits checks his IMDB page....



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No, I’ll not weep.
I have full cause of weeping, but this heart 
Shall break into a hundred thousand flaws, 
Or ere I’ll weep

if the recording of King Lear doesn't reach a wider audience!





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fifi wrote:

I've got my fingers firmly crossed that a recording of this is made available in some form... fingerscrossed

It's a shame it wasn't streaming when you went back to watch it Sana!  My husband came to the theatre with me for dinner, and when a member of staff discovered that I had a ticket but he didn't, they told him he could stay and watch it on the screen - and there were other people sat around infront of the screen when I went in - but he didn't stay so I can't be absolutely certain it was streamed live.

Thrilled for you that you got your programme signed!



-- Edited by fifi on Tuesday 24th of October 2017 11:42:00 PM


 I think they do this often in theatres. I know at the NT & the Almeida if you’re late for a performance & they can’t let you in immediately you can watch on a tiny telly until there’s an appropriate point they can let it in. Usually there’s cameras so cast & technical folks wherever they are can keep track of cues. At the NT I can’t remember where it was but I just happened upon the tiny telly showing he Olivier stage. At the Almeida they take you to the green room. Soon I shall have seen King Lear too....!!!! Hoping I make it to Chichester at least! Let’s get there first I guess!!



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It was the post-show talk with the King Lear cast and company last night!

Hopefully it will be available online,  the pre-show talk with director Jonathan Munby is up on the CFT youtube page.



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The lady I’m staying with in Chichester told me that when she saw King Lear a bunch of the younger cast members asked how her & her husband enjoyed it as they were walking home & tried to drag them into a local pub, asking her & her husband to have a drink with them! Likely those in smaller roles maybe, but thought I’d say! I am there tonight!!



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