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.
The Cornerstone in Didcot is to host this wonderful adaptation of Shakespeare’s King Lear this March.
Hilarious and heart breaking, The King Lear will unfold using physical theatre, clowning and vibrant storytelling all linked by Shakespeare’s magnificent text.
What started as a game became real as Shifting Sands Theatre Company play with Shakespeare’s ingredients yet remain faithful to his themes.
There will be irreverence, but by no means parody. The result, nothing short of comic, exhilarating, heart-felt theatre.
“I am delighted to be able to retell this classic”, said artistic director Gerry Flanagan. “It’s one of my favourites [and] being able to tour The King Lear is very exciting”.
Shifting Sands was founded in 1998 to create stimulating, accessible theatre that is both comic and moving. The company is particularly interested in re-interpreting classic texts and epic tales. It has won critical acclaim for its many touring productions that include Faustus, Romeo & Juliet, The Seagull and Great Expectations. To date the company has created nine shows and been on eight UK wide tours.
Flanagan is one of England’s most sought after clown practitioners and Shifting Sands has grown out of his work.
The King Lear will take to the Cornerstone stage on March 22 at 7.30pm. Full price adult tickets cost £12.50 with discounts available for concessions and under 16s.
To book tickets or for more information visit cornerstone-arts.org or call the box office on 01235 515144.