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The King Lear

The King Lear

Play, Thu 8 Mar 2018, £9-£16


Civic and Cramphorn Theatres

01245 606505


Civic Theatre,
Fairfield Road,

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Shakespeare’s classic tragedy set in a pub - “THE KING LEAR”.

Instead of a Kingdom - a pub!

Instead of a King - Mr Lear, the landlord!

"When we are born we cry that we are come to this great stage of fools"

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. SHIFTING SANDS play with Shakespeare’s ingredients yet remain faithful to his themes. There will be irreverence, but no parody. The result - potent, accessible theatre!

Giving a modern comedic twist to Shakespeare's popular tragedy, acclaimed clown theatre company ‘Shifting Sands’ presents a compellingly inventive retelling mixing slapstick and pathos with warm humour, this is a marvelously fun night.
For adults - but suitable for 11 years +

“ that wonderful, bewildered clown, Gerry Flanagan”

Time Out

Baby changing facilitiesCredit cards accepted (with charge)Disabled toiletsFacilities for conferencing

Event details

Dates Times
Thu 8 Mar 2018 20:00



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Map reference: TL 703070  Lat: 51.73583 Long: 0.46491

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Chelmsford station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Credit cards accepted (with charge)Credit cards accepted (with charge)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing