King Lear

‘Oddbodies is that rare thing, a genuinely original blast of fresh air… unique.’ Evening Standard

One actor, one chair, one guitar, one drum one knife. One of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedies. Five Acts. Fifteen characters. Eighty minutes

The tragic trajectory of Lear’s demise is presented to you from the point of view of his long suffering and ever-loyal fool. This one-man show is inventive, irreverent and highly accessible.

The story of an arrogant ruler terrified of death and the waning of his powers, driven to madness by age, infirmity and filial disobedience, here becomes a super-dark comedy.

Perfect for fans of Shakespeare’s work as well as those who have previously found it hard going – this production benefits from very clear storytelling and has been brilliantly edited from the original text, ensuring it is both easy to follow and highly entertaining.

From poor deluded Gloucester to sweet Cordelia and mad Tom – all the characters from this sad and sorry tale are brought to glorious life before your very eyes. Blindness, betrayal, delusion, deceit, love, loyalty, lust and greed – it’s all here in this fast paced, funny, poignant and ultimately heart-breaking production.

Adapted & performed by the incredibly talented Paul Morel, and directed by John Mowat, this show contains all of Oddbodies’ trademark physical ingenuity and visual flair.

‘Paul Morel is, no question, a fierce talent… a hilarious, fantastic evening’ *****@BingeFringe

‘It’s hard to think of a more engaging introduction to Shakespeare’s narrative’ ****@FringeGuru

‘Funny, clever and moving.’ Audience member

PS In case you’ve seen the printed flyer – there is no nudity in the show.

‘A tour de Force!! Don’t miss it’ @PenleeTheatre

‘Superb performance’ @WhitchurchHerald

‘Had the audience enthralled…Very enjoyable’ @Alderney Journal

“I came to this thinking ‘urgh not another Shakespeare’ but came out of it with my ideas completely flipped. It was fabulous.” Audience member on a previous show

Disability parking at rear of building.

Recommended age: 14+ But see this special note just received from the company: “It really is a very accessible show so would be great to get some younger audiences engaging with it – we do recommend 14 + but it is not unsuitable for younger – We’ve had some enthralled 11/12 year olds !!”

Renowned for its physical invention and visual ingenuity, Oddbodies’ acclaimed theatre work has been seen all over the UK, in Europe, Canada and the USA. The shows have taken part in numerous Festivals including the Chicago Festival, Glastonbury Festival, London International Mime Festival, Time Out Critics’ Choice Festival, BAC’s Festival of Visual Theatre and the British Council’s Showcase of the Best of British Theatre at the Edinburgh Festival.


Nov 23 2019


Licensed bar, soft and hot drinks available from 7pm.
7:30 pm


£12.00 in advance, £13.00 on the door: students/children £6.50

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Foxlowe Arts Centre
Market Place, Leek, Staffordshire, ST13 6AD


Michael Quine
01538 529 324