WHAT’S ON: Comedic Shakespeare tragedy will be staged in Leadenham and Heydour village halls this weekend

The King Lear

The King Lear

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Tragic Shakespeare comes to local villages in comedic fashion this weekend.

Shifting Sands Theatre’s adaptation of King Lear is set, not in a kingdom, but in a pub. Instead of a king – Mr Lear, the landlord!

When he announces his retirement and division of the pub between his daughters, Mr Lear imitates his famous namesake and demands to know which of them loves him the most. So begins a playful, accessible interpretation of the classic tragedy.

Hilarious and heart-breaking, ‘The King Lear’ will unfold using physical theatre, clowning and vibrant storytelling, all linked by Shakespeare’s magnificent text. Expect irreverence, but no parody. Shiftings Sands play with Shakespeare’s ingredients yet remain faithful to his themes.

The play is for for adults for suitable for 11 years-plus.

It is being staged at Leadenham Hall tonight (Friday) at 7.30pm (Tel 01400 272835) and Heydour Parish Hall, Aisby, on Sunday at 7.30pm (Tel 01529 455501).