Archives - King Lear
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Simon Wallace
Friday 17th – Saturday 25th February 2012 in the Auditorium
Love, duty, power, loss, good and evil are all called into question as one man descends into madness.
Last year the Barn mounted Twelfth Night; in 2009 Andrew Powell Eddy produced A Midsummer Night’s Dream and in 2007 Jack Wood directed Much Ado About Nothing. The popular genre is comedy but this February, Barn audiences are being offered one of the Bard’s greatest tragedies, King Lear, a play which has not been seen on our stage since 1974.
King Lear tells the story of a ‘fictional’ King of England deciding to retire and divide his kingdom between his three daughters. Civil unrest follows, families divide, and loyalties are tested. At the centre of the piece are Lear, who tries to hold onto power despite giving it away, and his three daughters and how they treat him once they have assumed his right to rule.
Tickets are on sale now for just £10.
School groups pay only £5 per seat. Teachers interested in booking seats should contact our Education Coordinators Cindy Lawford and Elliot Brown to find out about available workshops and talks on the play.
Free-of-charge pre- and post-show talks:
Part of the Barn’s 2011/2012 season
Presented by The Barn Theatre Club
Event details from The Barn Theatre Archive
|The Fool||-||George Marsh|
|The Doctor||-||Jack Wood|
|Other roles||-||Tallan Cameron|
|Production Assistant||-||Kathryn Taylor|
|Fight Arranger||-||Adam Dryer|
|Stage Manager||-||Mike Smith|
|Deputy Stage Manager||-||Kirsty Russell|
|Rehearsal Prompts||-||Joan Goodwin|
Thanks to Hertfordshire Dramatic and Operatic Society, The Ark Theatre, Annie Morris and Paul Molyneux
Friday 17th – Saturday 25th February 2012
|Friday 17th February||8.00pm|
|Saturday 18th February||8.00pm|
|Monday 20th February||8.00pm|
|Tuesday 21st February||8.00pm|
|Wednesday 22nd February||8.00pm||Show Talk at 7.30pm: Director Simon Wallace explains why he has transposed the story to 1920s America.|
|Thursday 23rd February||8.00pm||Show Talk at 7.30pm: Dr. Cindy Lawford looks at how Shakespeare altered his sources, or why Cordelia has to die.|
|Friday 24th February||8.00pm||Show Talk after the performance: Cast members stay on stage to answer audience questions.|
|Saturday 25th February||2.30pm||Matinée|
|Saturday 25th February||8.00pm|