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[Perspectives] Seen and not seen

King Lear, poet W H Auden declared, is an unstageable drama: “the one play of Shakespeare that, in the storm scene, really requires the movies”. Yet the art of staging does not simply concern the challenge of presenting things described but not seen; it also involves detecting the spaces between the words, locating concepts, events, and even characters that the text merely hints at. In a recent production of Macbeth at London’s Globe Theatre, director Iqbal Khan put the Macbeths’ child on stage, with a limited degree of effectiveness.

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