I know this is an old thread, but I just wanted to say that I'm super bummed to find out they cut the duel scene in the new version. In all the live productions I've seen of the show, it's one of the most tense and dramatic moments of the entire play, I think because the audience honestly can't guess which character is going to die. Not surprised they cut the Kenwigs or the crazy neighbor next door, though. Did David Edgar do the trimming himself? I suppose they realized that more theater companies could do the show if it wasn't so long.
I'm sorry they cut it. I treasured every moment of it.
I wonder if directors who do the abridged version have the option of putting scenes back in that were taken out?I suppose cutting scenes is preferable to the play never being done because it's too long, but some of what was taken out is a surprise, such as the scene where Nicholas actually meets Smike. That one seems sort of important...
And I guess the version of the play that the Hartt School in Connecticut is putting on, that's in one of the articles on the BWW front page, is only FIVE hours long! If they cut all that stuff out to get it down to six and a half hours, I don't even want to think what had to go to get it down to five...
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