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Jack Lear – Hull Truck

Writer: Ben Benison Director: Barrie Rutter Designer: Kate Unwin Lighting Designer: Aideen Malone Composer: Eliza Carthy Reviewer: Ron Simpson Barrie Rutter has played King Lear twice, very successfully – and now this is his second crack at Ben Benison’s modern Hull-based version of the story. The first performance at Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre was in 2008, since when the play ...

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King Lear – Globe Theatre, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director Nancy Meckler Reviewer: Maryam Philpott One of the most disputed aspects of the late Tudor age was Elizabeth I’s refusal to name her successor, fearing, as she claimed, that men prefer the rising to the setting sun. While her whims frustrated many, she brought decades of relative stability to a sorely divided nation. No wonder then, ...

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King Lear – Barbican Theatre, Plymouth

Two people blend into a dark background

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Natasha Buckley Reviewer: Helen Tope Created to professional standards, productions from local company, The Actors Wheel, have everything except the Equity card. Performed by students of Marjon University’s Acting programme, The Actors Wheel combines discipline and ambition in equal measure; taking on challenging work, and it’s safe to say, few plays possess the fearsome reputation of ...

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Jack and The Beanstalk – Customs House, South Shields

Gareth Hunter Natasha Haws, Luke Maddison and Doddington the cow

Writer: Ray Spencer and Graeme Thompson Director: Ray Spencer              Musical Director: Dave Bintley Choreographer: Jacqui West Reviewer: Anna Ambelez    Sometimes, a pantomime needs no moralising, just a good tale where the good guys win. And, as the fairy says, “nothing can harm you …” as long as she is around. Jack and the Beanstalk is a traditional English fairy story ...

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King Lear – Smock Alley, Dublin

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Karl Falconer Reviewer: Sarah Hoover King Lear is a complex play about power dynamics among a family, within a country’s leadership, between siblings. It’s about love, loyalty, and the damage human beings can do each other. Unfortunately, the complexities of Shakespeare’s drama are largely buried under the histrionics of PurpleCoat’s version. Producer, conceiver, and director (and ...

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King Lear – Bristol Old Vic

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Tom Morris Reviewer:Claire Hayes There may have been a glut of King Lears already in Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary year, but never has one felt more apposite in its post-Brexit timing than this production from Bristol Old Vic. Timothy West takes on the role of a leader brought down and driven mad by his own actions, bequeathing ...

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King Lear – Hall For Cornwall, Truro

King Lear featuring Michael Pennington

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Max Webster Reviewer: Jess Rowe The darkness in Shakespeare’s aching family tragedy remains resolute in Royal &Derngate's production ofKing Lear, with a never-ending sense of solemnity by the end. Following the ageing tyrant and title character, revived beautifully by Oliver-nominated Michael Pennington, whose mighty flaw is his inability to distinguish between forced materialistic love and that ...

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MANC MINI: King Lear

PurpleCoat Productions' King Lear

Our Manc Mini series offers short, witty and slightly tongue-in-cheek insights into the offerings at the North West’s largest arts festival. Karl Falconer of PurpleCoat Productions, tells us about their showKing Lear, which they will be performing at Hope Mill Theatre. How would you describe your show in one sentence? An immersive re-imagining of Shakespeare’s bleakest play; a jealous tyrant ...

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