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Julie Taymor on the art of spectacle in theatre

Julie Taymor speaks to Shad ahead of a North American screening of her New York Metropolitan Opera production of Mozart's Magic Flute.
Erika Miklósa as the Queen of the Night in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, or The Magic Flute. (Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)
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Julie Taymor knows how to create a spectacle. The theatre and film director, known for her stunning stage production of The Lion King, joins to Shad discuss her visually splendid style.

Film and theatre director Julie Taymor. (Marco Grob)
To Taymor, the visual splendour of a stage production is just as important as the script. 

"I think that the spectacle has been made to feel second place to the words, by people who are reared on, or only studied, literally, plays, and not the art of making theatre," she told Shad.

"I'm a theatre maker. I use all the elements: the words, the image, the music ... to tell the story."

WEB EXTRA | This weekend, cinemas across North America are screening the classic New York Metropolitan Opera production of Mozart's The Magic Flute, stage directed by Taymor. Browse some images from the show below. 

Matthew Polenzani as Tamino in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, or The Magic Flute. (Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)
Erika Miklósa as the Queen of the Night in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, or The Magic Flute. (Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

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