King Lear Theatre performance
Tuesday, August 16th, 2022
- 5:00pm - 9:00pm
- Newquay Orchard, Newquay, TR7 2SL
- Standard ticket- £17, Under 16- £12
King Lear is an exquisitely dark tale about a family squabble that grows out of all proportion, blowing up into a storm of deadly force.
This fresh and fast-paced adaptation of Shakespeare’s text – pared down to its bare essentials – tells a shocking, yet tender, story of ageing and madness, fuelled by ambition and fired by betrayal.
Shakespeare loved to weave theatrical magic out of tragedy in a way that is never far from farce, making King Lear ripe for Miracle’s unique treatment!
Miracle’s previous Shakespeare adaptations (Hamlet, Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo & Juliet and The Tempest) have all been hugely popular with Cornwall’s summer audiences.
“These days we expect an economy in story-telling,” says director Bill Scott, “which would have been disappointing to Elizabethan audiences, who liked to while away a long afternoon at the theatre. We want Miracle’s adaptation of King Lear to be fast-paced, enthralling, thought-provoking entertainment, embedded in glorious locations the length and breadth of Cornwall and enjoyed by grown-ups of all ages and their fearless children!”
In the title role, Rosie Hughes transcends gender to bring the old king to life and show his unpredictable nature: a fading physical presence occasionally bursting with formidable energy, half mad but completely sane, an angry old man capable of moments of great tenderness.
The production is designed by Cornish artist Paul Spooner, whose work has been described as ‘eccentrically beautiful and endlessly fascinating’ and ‘full of wonder and whimsy.’
Brave the elements this summer and let Shakespeare’s tragic farce surprise you!
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