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Publication 253 By colcloughjr on Friday, February 22, 2002 at 16:46   
Location: United States   Registered: Friday, February 22, 2002  Posts: 1    Search for other posts by colcloughjr Search   Quote
Yes, we're all familiar with the RSC's production of Nicholas Nickleby, but is there a play treatment of DC of the same caliber of NN? I teach in a university theatre department and think this could be an outstanding project to develop.

Publication 287 By branwell on Sunday, April 7, 2002 at 12:06   
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hallo, col.
i did some research on this subject several months ago and came up with several dubious sounding musical adaptations, some school plays and very little else of quality outside of cinema and television.

it doesn't lend itself to conventional theatre and so, i would imagine, is frightening territory to the good (hence the lack of productions among them) and the bad and mediocre just do what they can with it ( i can picture the travesty now) ten thousand scene changes in noisy blackouts, too much directly lifted dialogue and an exhausted audience leaving the chruch hall at three in the morning

the rsc NN was cinematic in style and that approach would suit DC -
either that or something arty in the style of theatre de complicite
or...   i think it would make a terrific opera rather than a musical or a play .... imagine the micawber's recurring duets: her ever more desperate, him gradually more depressed - or the trotwood household with a boy treble (later a tenor), mr dick (a countertenor) and betsy (a contralto) - possibly always with the same baisc structure thrown into minor key difficulties by the arrival of the murdstones or made more lush and romatic by the arrival of dora

i have been thinking about putting together a one man piece focusing on uriah heep - but it's in a queue behind other possible subjects (lord leighton's italian model, nijinski, bela lugosi and satie) ... so it may have to be about uriah's grandfather!

happy searching
if you find something i'd be interested to hear about it

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Publication 289 By absent-minded on Sunday, April 7, 2002 at 17:29   
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I don't know the quality of this, but I think it will be of interest to your conversation:
Copperfield - a new musical

Publication 290 By Dr.Strong on Friday, April 12, 2002 at 02:22   
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This is with, some considerable doubt for a change, a marvellous idea. A play lends itself beautifully to the occassion. Bravo! Bravo!

Publication 1197 By Nibs on Friday, May 8, 2009 at 16:07   
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Uriah Heep is epic win, I wish I knew if you had finished your piece, branwell.

Also check this thread for more information on stage versions of DC.

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