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The King Lear

Church Lench Village Hall

Postcode: WR11 4UE

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The King Lear

Show Details

Presented by Shifting Sands Theatre

Performance date and time
Saturday, 5th May 2018
7:30 PM

Shakespeare’s classic tragedy set in a pub.

Instead of a Kingdom - a pub! Instead of a King - Mr Lear, the landlord!

When he announces his retirement and the division of his “kingdom” between his daughters, Mr Lear imitates his famous namesake and demands to know which of them loves him the most. In so doing he unleashes a tide of pent-up frustration and jealousy.

Hilarious and heart breaking, "The King Lear" will unfold using physical theatre, clowning and vibrant storytelling all linked by Shakespeare's magnificent text. Set not in Stratford-Upon-Avon ... but in a pub!

Shifting Sands play with Shakespeare’s ingredients yet remain faithful to his themes. There will be irreverence, but no parody.

“The King Lear” is a compelling, inventive retelling of classic Shakespeare mixing slapstick and pathos with warm humour to create a marvelously fun night.

Promoter feedback:

'Funny, passionate and incredibly moving. Shifting Sands manage to be faithful to the text while injecting new life and energy into the classic tragic tale. Wonderful acting, creative staging and a good few laughs along the way. Highly recommended. A great company, professional and a joy to have around.' Helen Swift Bakewell

'Thank you for bringing it to Bishampton where we all enjoyed the show. The audience participation was great fun, and really set up a good mood, and we thought the portrayal of the characters was excellent - congratulations to you all. How on earth do you think about all the clever bits that went into the action????? Thanks again' Sue Griffith Bishampton

'Shifting Sands Theatre brought us an engaging and surprising interpretation of Shakespeare’s King Lear. They cleverly transformed our awkward church space into a pub, ‘The King Lear’. The performance was physical and pacey and invited the audience to enjoy comic moments amidst the unfolding tragedy. The audience were gripped!' Sarah McCabe Worcester


Two pints of lager and a play please.

Three drinking buddies take it upon themselves to perform their own version of Shakespeare's great tragedy, and set it in their local, 'The King Lear'. Instead of a kingdom they have a pub! Instead a king they have a publican!

When pub landlord Mr Lear announces that he is to retire and divide the pub between his daughters he imitates his famous namesake and demands to know which of them loves him the most. And so unfolds a playful, accessible (and beer-stained) comic retelling of this tragic classic, a family saga to rival the greatest, of old (geezers) versus young (whippersnappers), of jealousy and frustration. Set in a pub.

Shifting Sand's wonderful production is both hilarious and heart breaking, an exuberantly entertaining show delivered with energy and panache, a tour de force of physical comedy, clowning and vibrant storytelling. There is irreverence, but no parody: Shifting Sands play with Shakespeare's ingredients yet remain faithful to his themes.

Shifting Sands Theatre has developed a reputation for presenting a clown's eye view of epic tales, classic texts and devised contemporary material: potent drama based upon playfulness. It 'reveals that wonderful art of being able to laugh, with others, at ourselves' (Il Lavoro, Italy).

'The King Lear' is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

'Wonderful.' Time Out ______________________________________________________________________

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Running time
95 mins + Interval

Audience Type
Adults/Older Children

Age Range

Ticket Prices
£10.00 Standard

Other Ticket Information
Doors open 7pm. Licensed bar.

Main Box Office Telephone Number
01386 870 794

Available From
Carol Jones and other Village Hall Committee members 01386 870 794

Venue Accessibility (See Key for more information)

Reservable/general parking on site Designated parking Level entrance Alternative wheelchair access to side/rear of venue Ramped approach down to entrance Wheelchair accessible toilet Wheelchair accessible toilet with limited transfer space

This performance is supported by:

Arts Council, England

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Wychavon District Council Logo

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