Directed by Edgar Phillips with Neil Howiantz as King Lear
Following the success of last year’s critically acclaimed debut production of Hamlet, Wells Theatre Company is returning to The Bishop’s Palace to perform another Shakespeare masterpiece; King Lear.
The play will again be performed in Promenade, a format which proved such a hit with residents and visitors; walking with the actors from scene to scene through the rooms and grounds of the Palace, whilst enjoying the dramatic action.
King Lear has ruled for many years. As age and ill judgement overtake him, he divides his kingdom amongst his children. Misjudging their loyalty, he finds himself stripped of all the trappings of state, wealth and power that had defined him.
Shakespeare’s Lear is undoubtedly one of his supreme achievements, particularly noted for its observations on the nature of human suffering and kinship. As George Bernard Shaw wrote, “No man will ever write a better tragedy than Lear.”
This year you can pre-book a delicious BBQ prepared by The Bishop’s Table at a supplement of just £5.50. Bring a picnic rug or low backed camping chair to comfortably enjoy the second act in the historic gardens.
In the event of the weather being a bit too British, both acts will be performed inside.
There is a maximum capacity of 180 per night so theatre goers are advised to book early to avoid disappointment.