‘Love, and be silent’
King Lear has ruled for many years. As age begins to overtake him, he decides to divide his kingdom amongst his children, living out his days without the burden of power. A proud man, he allows vanity to cloud his judgment, believing that he can relinquish the crown, but enjoy the same authority and respect he has always known. His generosity is cruelly repaid and Lear finds himself adrift, wandering homeless and destitute. As he comes to realize the false values by which he has lived, he finally encounters his own humanity. King Lear’s tempestuous poetry is shot through with touches of humour and moments of heart-rending simplicity, as the notion of familial love is questioned and torn apart.
Best known as Artistic Director of Shared Experience for 22 years and with numerous credits including the RSC and National Theatre, Director Nancy Meckler brings her charismatic style to the Globe for the first time.
The introductory talk will be given by Prof. Michael Dobson of The Shakespeare Institute who has made a career of teaching and writing about Shakespeare’s plays. His work examines their context in the 16th & 17th century and how they have stimulated the creativity of others.
The Globe is a modern reconstruction of the 1599 theatre sited nearby. It aims to replicate the original environment as closely as possible there are no spotlights, plays are staged during daylight hours and in the evenings (with the help of interior floodlights), there are no microphones, speakers or amplification. All music is performed live; the actors and the audience can see each other, adding to the feeling of a shared experience and of a community event.
The group will depart from Brighton Rail Station and travel via train to London Blackfriars. If you would like to meet them there please write this in the ‘other requirements’ section of the questionnaire when you book or contact FDNstudents@sussex.ac.uk