Deborah Warner

Authored by: Carol Chillington Rutter

The Routledge Companion to Directors’ Shakespeare

Print publication date:  April  2010
Online publication date:  June  2009

Print ISBN: 9780415400442
eBook ISBN: 9780203932520
Adobe ISBN: 9781134146482


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London. December 1997. Wilton’s Music Hall. A ghostly scene of Victorian dereliction. Barley-sugar cast-iron pillars hold up a sagging horse-shoe sweep of balcony in a gloomy, barrel-vaulted auditorium. The place, the actor will say later, is ‘a cross between a dreamscape and a synagogue’ (Guardian, 10 December 1997). It’s unheated. The wooden seats, hard. On the dark stage the shape of a figure in black, bare-armed, looms out of the shadows. A hand reaches up, switches on a single bulb hanging from a bare flex. In the sudden, mean glare, an image of angular physical austerity comes into focus, and hard words: ‘April is the cruellest month.’

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