If you were thinking about which Shakespeare play to introduce your young offspring to, King Lear might not be your first choice. Gouged out eyes, poisoning, deceitful daughters and warring brothers (and much more) may not seem the perfect fodder for a five year old. But, the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond are doing just that. They are staging a production of King Lear for those aged five and up and I reckon it'll be well worth getting a ticket.
Shakespeare's famous tragedy has been abridged and re-worked for kids, and what better way to introduce them to one of Shakespeare's greatest plays. The performance is part of an initiative called Primary Shakespeare. The wonderful Orange Tree Theatre have been bringing Shakespeare to children for more than 20 years, and to great reviews. Last year's Primary Shakespeare performance of The Comedy of Errors was a huge hit. The Orange Tree Theatre prides itself on its education programme which reaches thousands of young people each year.
King Lear is 70 minutes long and tickets cost £10 each. There are two performances: on Saturday 13 May at 11am and Saturday 10 June at 11am. It's for those aged five and over.
For tickets, call the box office on 020 8940 3633 or book via their website: Orange Tree Theatre