King Lear by William Shakespeare
Wednesday June 22 – Saturday June 25, 2011
Venue: Wandlebury Country Park, Gog Magog Hills, Cambridge
Tickets: £12 (£10 concessions)
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: have found a setting of a scale and diversity equal to this immense masterpiece.
A remarkable walk-around performance that maps its hero’s spiritual journey from civilisation to wilderness, King Lear follows the enormous success of Ovid’s Metamorphoses, performed on the same site in 2007 and 2008: ‘a weird and wonderful rite… Brilliant’ (Hunts Post)