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Lear Diaries : The Story of the Royal National Theatre's Productions of Shakespeare's Richard III and King Lear - Brian Cox

Lear Diaries

The Story of the Royal National Theatre's Productions of Shakespeare's Richard III and King Lear

By: Brian Cox

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Published: 1st August 2006
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'One of the most frank and authentic accounts yet written of the pressures placed on today''s stars King Lear is perhaps the most challenging role in the Shakespearian canon. In 1991, directed by Deborah Warner, Brian Cox gave a highly-acclaimed performance. In this compulsive account of a theatrical journey, Cox describes the rehearsal room investigation in the possibilities of the text in performance as the production toured to Bucharest and Tokyo, Cairo and Paris in the wake of Perestroika and with the Gulf War gathering momentum in the early ''90s. But this is also a personal story; for Lear, like Hamlet is a part notorious for consuming it''s players and Cox is not only separated from his family for months, but also trying to negotiate a window in the storm to get married as he plays the character of an old man, rejected by his daughters and friends and sunk in madness...'

List of Illustrations
Prefacep. 1
Introductionp. 3
Laying the Groundp. 7
The Rehearsalsp. 17
In Performancep. 74
The World Tour, I: Tokyo, Nottingham, Cardiff, Leeds, Belfastp. 89
The World Tour, II: Hamburg, Milan, Madrid, Paris, Cork, Cairop. 135
London Hiatusp. 173
The World Tour, III: Prague, Bucharest, Leipzig, Dresden, Edinburgh, Londonp. 185
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780413698803
ISBN-10: 0413698807
Series: Diaries, Letters and Essays
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st August 2006
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.7 x 15.3  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.37
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition