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  • Title: King Leir
  • Author: Peter Cockett

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    Author: Peter Cockett
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    King Leir

    King Leir, Scene 28

    Mumford: Alon Nashman
    Gallia: Paul Hopkins

    Queen's Men Stage Directions (Sc. 28)

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    For the SQM staging of this scene I completely missed the significance of "with a still march" (TLN 2464). My mistake was partly due to the fact that we did not have any actors available to represent the soldiers marching. The stage direction is informing us that the French army should creep onto the stage, maintaining the element of surprise until they rush off the stage to attack the town following Gallia's battle cry "God and our right for us!" (TLN 2475). It would have been strange to have the King of Gallia and Mumford stage the "still march" alone - in fact the scene was strange anyway without an army. The exit should have been accompanied with battle cries from the army that set off the "Alarum" with which the next scene begins. Although this sequence is divided into separate scenes marked by the exit of one group of characters and the entrance of another, on stage it plays out as an extended battle sequence with the action flowing from one scene into the next.

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