"When we are born, we cry that we are come to this great stage of fools."
Shakespeare’s classic tragedy set in a pub - “THE KING LEAR”.
Instead of a Kingdom - a pub!
Instead of a King - Mr Lear, the landlord!
When he announces his retirement and the division of his “kingdom” between his daughters, Mr Lear imitates his famous namesake and demands to know which of them loves him the most. In so doing he unleashes a tide of pent-up frustration and jealousy.
Hilarious and heart breaking, "THE KING LEAR!" will unfold using physical theatre, clowning and vibrant storytelling all linked by Shakespeare's magnificent text. We play with Shakespeare’s ingredients yet remain faithful to his themes. There will be irreverence, but no parody. The result - potent, accessible theatre!
“Dynamic, diverse. Humour but also huge emotion. Brilliantly acted and directed.”
“Amazing! Great combination of prose and comedy.”
“Wonderful. I really enjoyed it - superb comedic performances whilst retaining much of the important original dialogues.”
“Generated a range of emotions from laughter to being extremely moved. Such an original performance. Bravo!”
“Loved the playing with the audience and the switching from comedy to tragedy. Fab cast.”
“Amazing, entertaining. Bringing Shakespeare to life” Teacher of Secondary English
“Excellent. Very funny. Great use of scenery. Lovely physical humour but also moving. Loved the audience participation.”
“We saw Anthony Sher playing Lear at Stratford last year. We enjoyed this production more!!. Brilliant acting by all four of you. Wonderful.”
“Liked the way you balanced the deep tragedy with comedy - a difficult task but you managed it!”
“So lovely!! First time for me and King Lear and it makes me want to see it again.”
“Best death scenes ever! Made Shakespeare fun.”
“A most entertaining evening. The balance between humour and seriousness was excellent -thank you!”
“Excellent interpretation of the play and interweaving of its text with audience interaction.”
THE KING LEAR! Toured in 2017 and 2018 to a total of 38 venues ranging from Cavoch in Aberdeenshire via Llanbedr in Wales to the Groundlings Theatre, Portsmouth