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'Dead Man Talking' by Thom Goddard

'Dead Man Talking' by Thom Goddard

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The plot revolves around a Producer and a Director who put on the most expensive Shakespeare production of all time. They rent the biggest theatre in the country and hire the world's most famous actor to play the lead role of King Lear. However, just before curtain up on opening night, he dies.
The plot revolves around a Producer and a Director who put on the most expensive Shakespeare production of all time. They rent the biggest theatre in the country and hire the world's most famous actor to play the lead role of King Lear. However, just before curtain up on opening night, he dies.

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Published by: thom-goddard-6865 on Jul 11, 2012
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Dead Man Talking
by
Thom Goddard
Thom Goddard All Star Talent3 Springfield Road, London, E4 7DJ
1© Thom Goddard 2011
 
Characters
SIMON LAMBERTON - A middle-aged, serious man who seemingly knowsabout money and has handled all the finances for the production. Does nothave an artistic bone in his body but is sensible and practical.RICHARD DAVIES - A middle-aged, excitable and unrealistically positiveperson who has worked in the theatre for years. This production of King Lear is his first directing role and his thinks of himself as an undiscovered, artisticgenius.UNDERSTUDY / ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER - A young, jobbing actor.He has appeared in famous plays and musicals but only in the chorus.However, he is a very talented puppeteer who graduated top of his actingclass in London. We never learn his name.SIR THOMAS BETTERMAN / KING LEAR- An elderly, world-famous actor who has won every international award and is seen as the greatestShakespearean actor of his generation.HARRY MILNE / KENT - A seasoned veteran of Shakespeare plays, in his50s, who believes himself to be a great actor but has not had the luck of Sir Thomas Betterman.DANIELLE CLARKSON / CORDELIA - A young, aspiring actress who hasonly worked in soap-operas. Married to Harry Milne. She is having an affair with Sir Thomas.RAY KEATON / FOOL - A washed up comic actor who cannot be serious.The remaining players are minor characters in King Lear and Act 3. AURELIE DEVIL - GONERILLHELEN WILLIAMS - REGAN / THE POST CRITIC ALBANY / THE TIMES CRITICEDGAREDMUNDGLOUCESTER / OSWALDCORNWALLFIRST KNIGHTSECOND KNIGHT / SECOND OFFICERTHIRD KNIGHT / MESSENGER
2© Thom Goddard 2011
 
The Programme
Poppy-Rose Productions
present
Sir Thomas Betterman
Harry MilneDanielle Clarksonin
King Lear 
by
William Shakespeare
with Aurelie DevilRay KeatonHelen WilliamsDirected by Richard DaviesProduced by Simon LambertonDesign by Tom OrrowLighting by Ben Biggar Costumes by Catherine Croft
3© Thom Goddard 2011

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