King Lear at the Donmar Theatre

Last night, I made my way to Covent Garden and more specifically, to the Donmar theatre. My dear friend Lou had a spare ticket to King Lear which I was glad to take off her hands 🙂

The Donmar is a really tiny theatre which only fits about 100 people set in stalls and then a balconised circle. The stage for this particular production was set-less, just plain wooden boards which looked as if they had been splattered with white mud…or to put it another way, it looked like several pigeons had loosened their bowels everywhere…

Anyway, the lack of set was actually a positive as it meant attention was not detracted from the fabulous performances, particularly that of Derek Jacobi who played Lear.

You may know him from Gladiator…

I was honestly moved to tears by his performance. He was Lear! Having studied it at school I really enjoyed this rendition and recognising famous lines. Here are a few…

“Nothing will come of nothing: speak again.”

“Why bastard? wherefore base?
When my dimensions are as well compact,
My mind as generous, and my shape as true,
As honest madam’s issue?”

“Who is it that can tell me who I am?”

“Thou whoreson zed! thou unnecessary letter!”

“I am a man
More sinned against than sinning.”

The prince of darkness is a gentleman.”

When we are born, we cry that we are come
To this great stage of fools.”

Ah what a tragedy! Was really a fantastically moving performance and i highly recommend it! Also, it is a good place for celeb spotting…Colin Farell was there! Not the best actor but quite fit though he was sporting earrings and a weird top-of-head pony tail…trying a bit too hard to look cool me thinks but was still nice to glance at him throughout the 3 hour performance! Here he is taking out the bins haha! Even celebs have to do chores.



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