King Lear (alone) is a brand-new interpretation of Shakespeare’s play, adapted by Edinburgh Fringe award-winning playwright Frank Bramwell. The play questions whether Shakespeare was right to kill off King Lear at the end of his play. The starting point is Kent’s question at the end of the play “Is this the Promised End?”
Lear is on the heath, left alone to once more think about that fateful day and everything that happened since then, retold through the words of Shakespeare. Now he has just one hour, one hour to decide what his future holds.
This fascinating opportunity takes the audience along Lear’s ensuing spiritual journey following the news of Cordelia’s death, allowing us to re-examine the original play’s themes and insights from a completely different angle.
By losing the other 29 characters of the original, this play allows the audience to get inside the very thoughts and feelings of King Lear himself.
This play by Frank Bramwell is his fifth sequel to Shakespeare’s plays. The previous four (based on Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, The Tempest, and Hamlet) have all delighted audiences with the boldness of their approach and the dexterity of touch. Romeo & Juliet for All Time won an award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for a play “that stood head and shoulders above other plays reviewed”.
King Lear (alone) plays at Old Clubhouse (Venue 21) as part of Buxton Fringe from 23-25 July, bookings can be made via firstname.lastname@example.org or 07720 839 612. The play will then move on to Birmingham, as part of Birmingham Fest from 28-31 July. Performances take place at Old Joint Stock Theatre and St Paul’s Church. For tickets and more information visit oldjointstocktheatre.co.uk or call 0121 200 0946.
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