Nicholas Hytner on realistic speech

Tuesday 13th June 2017

Director Nicholas Hytner. Photo: Charlotte MacMillan
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Quote of the day: “None of these people [Dorimant, Lady Bracknell] speak the way people spoke, even then. The actor’s job is to make the audience believe they did, but the whole pack of cards comes tumbling down if you do that by trying to speak the way people spoke. One of the director’s jobs is to create a stage world where dialogue written in the high style seems inevitable and spontaneous.” (Nicholas Hytner’s Balancing Acts)

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