Performing the Queen's Men

Famous Victories : The Sick Chair

Reading Between the Lines...


Woodcut of a King on his throne.

The sick chair was one of our bolder production choices as there is no specific reference to such a chair in the text. The following section will take you through the thought process that led to this decision by considering the evidence one piece at a time.

Try It Yourself: If you first want to decipher the text for yourself, then print out the script for this section (pdf) and read it through. Highlight anything that establishes the imagined location of the scene or indicates stage movement, adding comments and questions as you go. Once you have finished, you can compare your notes to the director’s thought process by following the rest of this module.