King Lear

by William Shakespeare

Thursday 2 – Sunday 5 July & Wednesday 8 – Saturday 11 July, 2009
(no performances Monday 6 and Tuesday 7 July)
Venue: Wandlebury Country Park, Gog Magog Hills, Cambridge
Time: 8pm

Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy.

An aged king gives away his kingdom and begins a harrowing journey of loss and displacement – loss of home, self-esteem and finally sanity.

With its famous scenes of storms and wilderness and its extremes of human suffering and cruelty, King Lear was described by A.C. Bradley as being “too huge for the stage”.

In Wandlebury Country Park, with its Iron-Age fort, woods and meadows, in situ: has found a setting of a scale and diversity to match this extraordinary play.

A remarkable walkaround performance that maps its hero’s spiritual journey from civilisation to destitution, in situ:’s King Lear follows the enormous success of Metamorphoses, performed on the same site in 2007 and 2008. “A weird and wonderful rite… Brilliant” (Hunts Post)

NB: The performance takes the form of a walk through woodland and meadows. It is not difficult terrain, but less abled people might want to discuss the route with us before booking: 01223 211451. No seating, but please bring a cushion or folding chair if you wish.

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