King Lear is a play made famous by its eponymous hero, but it also boasts three of Shakespeare’s most fascinating women. In our production, Goneril, Cordelia and Regan take centre stage as they struggle to look after their ailing father. Set around Goneril’s kitchen table during Christmas, this reworking of the text strips the piece of its high politics to explore the domestic struggle at the heart of the story. Each of the scenes are original to our production, but all of the lines are Shakespeare’s own.
“equally striking and intense throughout… one of the most striking and innovative interpretations of Shakespeare I’ve ever seen”
★★★★★ London Theatre 1
The acting company is made up of three female actors, each playing one of Lear’s daughters. There is also a fourth performer – a female vocalist –playing the part of the Fool. From new arrangements of soul/blues classics to sections of the text that have been put to music, the Fool’s vocals are relevant to the narrative and draw out the humanness of the tragic story.
“A hauntingly beautiful adaptation”
★★★★ A View From The Gods
Lear himself is mute, represented by a wheelchair. The Fool acts as Lear’s carer, and is at once within and on the peripheries of the action. Although we are given to understand that ‘Lear’ descends into senility over the course of the play, he is powerless from the very start, easily manipulated and always reliant on his daughters. Lear’s Daughters tells its own story, yet stays true to the language of the Shakespearean original.
Having enjoyed a sell-out run and numerous fantastic reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014 for the premiere of Lear’s Daughters, we were selected to perform in the ‘Work Bard/Play Bard’ showcase run by the Smooth Faced Gentlemen at the Pleasance Theatre, Islington, on 19th October. We were also approached by the Hope Theatre, Islington, where we enjoyed our London transfer from 9th-20th December as part of their first season with new artistic director Matthew Parker
“Powerful and rather disturbing…staged with dazzling skill”