King Leir

Learnt last night that Shakespeare had updated the spelling of King Leir to King Lear.  Sounds like he bought the equivalent of the Great British Bake Off and then subtly updated it so that he could claim intellectual property rights.  And didn’t he do well:  Antony Sher was powerful in the lead role, and ably supported by Gloucester (Troughton is excellent), Kent, poor Tom and the fool.  The female parts, oddly, felt more sketched – heightened shadows.

Highly enjoyable evening spent at the RSC in Stratford (and no Strictly)…though, as I type, that is the music that is playing in the background. How swift normality returns.

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