Hold on to your hats – the unstoppable King Lear cast aren’t pausing for breath yet. This July they will be continuing to zip about the United Kingdom, hoping to reach as many of our audiences as possible, before pausing for a longer stint in Cambridge.
The cast will be performing 3 times over 3 & 4 July at Crichton Campus in Dumfries, Scotland (tickets can be purchased here). The University of Glasgow campus is considered one of the most beautiful in the country, set within over 80 acres of historic and award-winning parkland with a converted asylum building. Once home to the poet Robert Burns, this old industrial town played host to our touring production of Hamlet with great success last summer and we can’t wait to return.
The cast and crew will then make their way down to Hedingham Castle in Essex for 6 & 7 July. They will be performing in front of the historic Norman keep, built in 1140. The castle features one of the largest Norman arches in England and the beautiful gardens are often home to medieval jousting tournaments, helping to bring alive the romantic history of the place. To see King Lear in this enchanting setting, buy your tickets here.
Next stop, is Newby Hall, North Yorkshire on 10 & 11 July. Designed by Sir Christopher Wren in the early 1920s, this award-winning ”Garden for all Seasons” and renowned example of an Adams House will provide audiences with an enticing visual setting to watch this production. Tickets for these performances can be purchased through their website here.
On 13 & 14 July, the cast will venture North-West to the historic Brougham Hall in Penrith. Sitting on the brow of a hill, it is easy to see why medieval knights chose this location as a defensive strategy. Walls, gates and other parts of Brougham Hall which date back to about the 15th century still survive and it was saved from destruction in the 1980s by Christopher Terry in one of Britain’s biggest restoration projects. During WWII it was commandeered by Sir Winston Churchill. Buy your tickets to see King Lear at this evocative location here.
Remember to let us know what you think if you’re watching King Lear from around the UK (or overseas…) by using the hashtag #Lear and following us on Twitter @The_Globe and Facebook. Look out for postcards from the cast as they tour on Instagram to see what they got up to in your hometown!