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Tragedy in a Pub: The King Lear

Arnside Educational Institute, Arnside LA5 0DF
Arnside Highlights

Shifting Sands Theatre present: The King Lear!

Shakespeare’s tragedy in a pub

Arnside Educational Institute is bringing to the village, a playful and moving, retelling of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy - in a new setting:

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. What starts as a game becomes real as Shifting Sands play with Shakespeare’s ingredients yet remain faithful to his themes. There will be irreverence, but no parody. The result – potent, comic, accessible and heart-felt theatre.

Derbyshire based Shifting Sands Theatre is known for creating a clown’s eye view of epic tales and classic texts as well as devising contemporary material. They perform countrywide from village halls and theatres to festivals. Their ‘Lear with Beer’ is touring to Arnside with Highlights Rural Touring Scheme. The show is performed by four actors and is directed by one of England’s most sought after Clown practitioners, Gerry Flanagan.

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Tickets: Adult £8, Child £4

Age suitability: Anyone over the age of 11!

Bookings: 01524 762254 or online (+bf) at