Playing Lear

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Nick Hern Books, 2003 - 211 pages

The book is both an in-depth analysis of the play, in which Davies looks at the many possible interpretations of both play and character, and a rehearsal diary in which we see the author's personal journey through the role, from when he played Lear for the Almeida Theatre in 2002.

 

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Contents

Introduction
3
First Reading
14
Second Readings
33
Lears in Performance
64
Acting in Shakespeare
78
Preliminaries
94
Rehearsal Diary First Steps
105
Rehearsal Diary MidPeriod
124
A Conversation with the Director
161
Aftermath
169
A Conversation with John Barton
187
Programme Note
195
Production Credits
201
Further Reading
203
Index
205
Copyright

Rehearsal Diary Resolution
146

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About the author (2003)

Oliver Ford Davies was a university lecturer and then a drama critic for The Guardian before turning to acting. He has played major roles for the RSC and the National. His Lear for the Almeida in early 2002 marked his debut in the role.

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