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How well do you know King Lear, perhaps the greatest tragedy of the classical canon? You’ll be much better enlightened – and, no doubt, inspired – after seeing Lear’s Shadow, devised and performed at London’s Brockley Jack Theatre by Shakespearean acting veteran Colin Hurley.  

Shadow: (n) 1 a dark shape formed when an object blocks a source of light 2 reflected image 3 spirit, ghost 4 actor, player

“Lie here and rest a while”

An old man in a dressing gown shuffles into the space carrying a box. Out of the box pour the objects, people, wrongs, jokes, mistakes, laughter and regrets that make up a life.

Over the next 70 minutes, he is swept up by moments in the journey that brought him here, to this great stage of fools: the loss of three daughters, the loss of his knights, the loss of his fool, the loss of his wits. Oh, and the storm. Don’t forget the storm. When The Rain Came…

Using only Shakespeare’s words, Lear’s Shadow is an inventive and engaging reflection on Shakespeare’s great domestic tragedy, devised and performed by Colin Hurley.

An actor for 40 years, Hurley is a former member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre and played in 20 productions at Shakespeare’s Globe (including playing Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night at The Globe, in the West End and on Broadway). He also trains and plays regularly with experimental theatre company The Factory.

Following the 7.30pm performance on Friday 16 February 2024, I’ll talk to Colin Hurley about the making of Lear’s Shado and Shakespeare’s impact on all our lives. Any questions? Join us!

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