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King Lear (alone)

With Bob Young

A unique opportunity to experience the play King Lear, told through the very mind of the man himself. This new and exciting play dispenses with the other 29 characters in the original play and relives its main themes using Shakespeare’s words. Its challenging and bold take is to ask: what if Shakespeare had not killed off King Lear?
This is playwright Frank Bramwell’s sixth sequel to Shakespeare’s plays. The other five (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”.

'I left the theatre feeling like I’d been exposed to a flawed individual at their most honest – and that honesty is something as terrifying, courageous and honourable as ruling a nation..... the outstanding performance of Bob Young and Bramwell’s truthful presentation of humanity was well worth the watch... '
'King Lear (Alone) is a gripping production and the formidable performance given by Bob Young makes it compelling viewing.'
'Bob Young in the title role, is a powerful performer. His tormented character takes shape thanks to his profound voice, whilst his presence on stage appears carefully studied..... In Bob Young's poignant (portrayal), the play is quite intense. Its ground-breaking angle will definitely appeal to the culture vultures.'
'Much of the success of the play depends upon Bob Young’s performance. In accordance with the concept of the play he does not create any other characters than Lear but his facial expressions make clear how other people have reacted to the King’s demands. Unusually Young establishes a strong personality for Lear before the traumatic events that pushed him over the edge.'
'Bramwell faithfully sticks to the concept of filtering events through the consciousness of King Lear (Alone). He does not give in to temptation and include major speeches delivered by characters other than the king. Bramwell’s additions to the text are kept to a minimum and are more to allow Lear to review events and consider if things could have gone in a different direction.'
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Venue: Burdall's Yard

Performances

Thursday 8th June

Price: £10 / £8 Concs/ £5 BSU Student
Doors open: 19:55  
Start time: 20:00  
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Venue access: Full wheelchair access

Friday 9th June

Price: £10 / £8 Concs/ £5 BSU Student
Doors open: 17:55  
Start time: 18:00  
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Venue access: Full wheelchair access

Tickets available on the door and from:

  • Bath Spa Live

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