Lucky to see the original production twice. Read it before I saw it, I said to my wife the 2nd scene is in French!!! Great for belly laughs.
First read this as a task on how to stage it, then went to see it. Amazing.
Not a big fan of Lee Hall for various reasons, but a friend insisted I go and see it. So, glad I did. Seen it three times now.
What lingers in the memory, the Brechtian staging, the music of Handel and the spectacle of ‘mad George’ playing King Lear.
Saw this twice at the York Hall, an actual boxing venue. Amazing production on so many levels and the music…Underworld’s Beautiful Burnout one of my Desert Island Discs.
Had the good fortune to see the original production with Jim Broadbent, Lesley Sharp, Ron Cook, Ossie Smith and many more. Have seen the play three times since. Great play.
Came across this play / production via the documentary on BBC 4. Then got to see the third or fourth touring version at the Barbican. As a Drama colleague said, “just feel so proud being in the same industry as those guys”