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TOPIC: Doubling of parts for an at-home reading - resources?

Doubling of parts for an at-home reading - resources? 8 years 7 months ago #1736

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Some friends and I are having an evening of reading Lear, and I've gone through the play and worked out how to double up parts (and sometimes triple or quadruple!) in order to be able to read it with a smaller group.

I managed to get it down to 10 necessary individuals after a few hours' work, but I'm wondering if anyone knows of resources that exist for figuring out this sort of thing, to make planning easier on myself next time.

Thanks so much!
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Doubling of parts for an at-home reading - resources? 8 years 7 months ago #1737

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I've never seen anything that would make this easier. It's why dramaturgs make the big bucks.. :)

In the case of Lear, you may want to post your character list to see if other users have any input on how to get your cast size down, but 10 is pretty small.
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Doubling of parts for an at-home reading - resources? 8 years 7 months ago #1738

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Yes - stick the list up - fascinated to see it!

Somewhere someone worked out Shakespeare had around 16 (if my memory is serving me correctly) actors to play with - 3 or 4 of whom were "boys" - and a couple 'clowns'.

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Doubling of parts for an at-home reading - resources? 8 years 7 months ago #1739

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Ok, here's the best I could do:

1. Lear
2. Kent & 1st Servant (III.vii.)
3. Gloucester
4. Goneril & Curan & Gentleman
5. Albany & Doctor & 2nd Servant (III.vii.)
6. Cornwall & Old Man & Knight (I.iv.) & Herald (V.iii.)
7. Edgar & Regan
8. Edmund & Burgundy
9. Oswald & France & Captain (V.iii.)
10. Cordelia & Fool & 3rd Servant (III.vii.)

PLEASE keep in mind that this is for a group of friends sitting around in someone's living room - I'm absolutely aware that these pairings would not work on stage. And of course the Cordelia/Fool doubling is debated hotly, but it does make practical sense!
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Doubling of parts for an at-home reading - resources? 8 years 7 months ago #1743

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You are opening up a whole can of delicious worms!

I am tempted to start a thread on doubling!
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