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The Barn Theatre, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire
FROM THE BARN THEATRE ARCHIVE

King Lear

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Simon Wallace
17th – 25th February 2012

Love, duty, power, loss, good and evil are all called into question as one man descends into madness.

Thanks to Hertfordshire Dramatic and Operatic Society, The Ark Theatre, Annie Morris and Paul Molyneux

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

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 Contact education team to find out about available workshops and talks on the play.

Show Talks

Free-of-charge pre- and post-show talks:

  • Wednesday 22nd at 7.30pm in the Clubroom
    Director Simon Wallace explains why he has transposed the story to 1920s America.
  • Thursday 23rd at 7.30pm in the Clubroom
    Dr. Cindy Lawford looks at how Shakespeare altered his sources, or why Cordelia has to die.
  • Friday 24th after the performance
    Cast members stay on stage to answer audience questions.

CAST & CREATIVE TEAM

Directed by
Simon Wallace

CREATIVE TEAM

Assistant Production Manager
Fight Arranger
Stage Manager
Deputy Stage Manager
Costume Design
Properties
Lighting
Projections
Rehearsal Prompt

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Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Statement

At the Barn we are committed to promoting equality and challenging discrimination in all its forms. We strive to create a safe and inclusive environment for all members of the cast and creative team, regardless of their race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity and will not tolerate any form of discrimination or harassment.

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