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On Cutting King Lear 4 months 2 weeks ago #7438

  • Noah
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I am beginning the extensive task of creating a cut of King Lear for a colleague of mine, and, only having minimal experience with the play and the art of cutting, am looking for some advice.

This is not my first rodeo, I have worked with Pericles and Midsummer before, but this production of King Lear must be kept under 90 minutes.

I would love to hear of any and all experience with this, advice, or ideas.
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On Cutting King Lear 4 months 2 weeks ago #7439

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This scene breakdown might be helpful in figuring out what you can cut:

www.playshakespeare.com/library/king-lea...cter-scene-breakdown

I did a production where a bunch of the minor characters were combined into one (Knights, Gentleman, Doctor, etc.). Scenes like 3.1 and 4.3 can be cut down or eliminated. Getting down to 90 minutes is a hardcore cutting so you'll have to strategically trim from every scene.
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On Cutting King Lear 3 months 2 weeks ago #7446

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You might get some ideas from Orson Welles' production he did for TV in 1953. His version was less than 90 min., so it is HEAVILY cut. It's on YouTube at
There's also this abridged version from RSC Education that hits the highlights of the play:

Just a couple thoughts.
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