France goes crazy for Shakespeare's King Lear

20th January 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Jan 20, 2006 (AFP) – 'King Lear', Shakespeare's grand and royal tragedy, is to hit France in multiple forms this year, including one English-language production replete with the Bard's turns of phrase.

PARIS, Jan 20, 2006 (AFP) – 'King Lear', Shakespeare's grand and royal tragedy, is to hit France in multiple forms this year, including one English-language production replete with the Bard's turns of phrase.

In all, three versions of the play are programmed.

The most sought-after tickets are for the one starring Michel Piccoli, a legendary screen and stage actor in France who this week started playing the old warrior king in French at the Odéon Theatre in Paris.

But another, adapted by two British playwrights, will tour France starting next month and be produced in English — albeit adapted for audiences which might otherwise struggle with such lines as: "Unaccommodated man is no more but such a poor bare, forked animal as thou art."

The third version will be one including a number of handicapped actors who will tread the boards in northern France and in a Paris suburb in March.

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Subject: French news

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