What do you think of cutting lines and scenes from Shakespearean plays for live production?
I’ve worked with directors who cut not a single word and expected the performances to be absolutely word perfect, and I’ve personally edited Love’s Labour’s Lost cutting 10% of the lines.
What do you think of cutting Shakespeare’s work?
How would you chose what to cut or keep?
I’m currently performing in a production of Richard III which has had many lines cut and even a couple of characters. The play is still 3.5 hours long, and the actors are in no way dragging their feet on stage. The action really moves.
What stays in and what goes?
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