Review: King Lear, Red Rose Chain, Rendlesham Forest, to August 26.
NEVER mind Cordelia, I’ll tell you how much I love you King Lear.
This is Shakespeare’s classic as you’ve never seen it before.
Director Joanna Carrick, who also plays dispicable daughter Goneril and wronged father Gloucester, has taken a play of truly epic proportions but given it an intimate feel. More importantly, given the plot, you never get lost at point during the journey.
Ageing king of Britain Lear decides to step down and split his kingdom evenly among his three daughters. First, however, he tests them by asking each to say how much they love him; which is when the trouble starts.
Make no mistake, this is a tragic tale of love and loyalty and the highs and lows that come with them. But Carrick and her incredibly enjoyable to watch cast mine it for as many laughs as they can without ruining the play’s integrity.
You may also want to watch:
Edward Day has more of these moments than most as Lear and literally plays a hand in bringing the character of the Fool, at times, terrifyingly to life.
The second half is darker, but everybody makes the switch from comedy to tragedy smoothly; making sure both elements remain as balanced as possible.
- 1 Photos of suspected stolen dogs released in bid to find owners
- 2 Theft of historic Royal Mail post boxes 'a worrying trend'
- 3 'We can look forward to the transfer window' - Cook on summer plans
- 4 Driver arrested after 12-year-old boy 'seriously injured' in crash
- 5 Retailer to pay £60K after multiple food hygiene breaches in Sudbury store
- 6 Dog walker in his 60s assaulted at Stour Valley beauty spot
- 7 Isaacs call police after quayside drinkers cause chaos outside bar
- 8 Stephen Ward on play-offs belief, Cook's criticism and his future
- 9 Man in hospital with head injury after late night assault
- 10 Large scratches left on cars all parked on same road overnight
Full of the usual musical flourishes audiences have come to expect, there are so many great moments that I can’t share with you because it’d ruin the surprise.
Make sure you don’t miss Lear’s arrival on stage and Cordelia’s reaction to suitor France.
Another great Theatre in the Forest.