Lecoq and Shakespeare

Authored by: Darren Tunstall

The Routledge Companion to Jacques Lecoq

Print publication date:  August  2016
Online publication date:  September  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138818422
eBook ISBN: 9781315745251
Adobe ISBN: 9781317594635


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This chapter will show how an actor who has been trained in what I will call ‘the Lecoq tradition’ may approach the rehearsal of Shakespeare’s text. No one can legitimately claim to make statements that are true in all contexts for all actors who have come into contact with Jacques Lecoq’s work. It is possible, however, to argue for patterns of agenda, vocabulary and approach, and in trying to do so, I will draw largely upon Ariane Mnouchkine’s production of Richard II (1981) for her company Théâtre du Soleil. In addition, I will refer to two productions of Shakespeare I directed, for which my approach was influenced by Lecoq’s ideas: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2009) and Macbeth (2011), both at St Peter’s Arts Centre, Preston, in the UK. I will also mention in passing two productions of Shakespeare plays by Complicite for elements of supporting evidence. 1

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