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Join the Crescent Theatre Group as King Lear's mind unravels
"This cold night will turn us all to fools and madmen," prophesises the fool in the third act of Shakespeare's King Lear, and anyone who has experienced a November night in Birmingham is likely to agree with him.
Fortunately respite can be found in the shape of the Crescent Theatre Group's production of King Lear, held at the group's own Crescent Theatre on Sheepcote Street between November 8th and 15th.
A tragedy still startlingly relevant today, Shakespeare's play holds up a mirror to our own fears and strips away the pomp and grandeur of its eponymous monarch until he is just like us. The king's descent into madness is based loosely on the pre-Roman myth of Leir of Britain, from which Shakespeare lifted directly several of his character names.
Down the years, visceral portrayals of the unhinged monarch have helped to make the tragedy one of Shakespeare's most enduring works. We've seen old school acting legends of the likes of Richard Burbage and David Garrick take up the Shakespearian mantel; 20th Century stage and screen royalty Orson Welles treading the boards as Lear; and, more recently, contemporary acting heroes like Michael Gambon taking on the role.
The Crescent Theatre Group are looking to follow up a raft of successful productions in 2014, including – amongst others – Conor McPherson's Shining City, starring Nick Owen, and JB Priestley's An Inspector Calls. Head down to the Crescent Theatre this November and help the group top off a great year of theatre in Birmingham.
Tickets cost £15 or £14 for concessions. Tickets for the Sunday matinee production are £8.