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Acclaimed classical actor Edward Petherbridge was cast as King Lear, when on the second day of rehearsals he suffered a stroke that left him barely able to move.

As he struggled to recover Edward made a discovery: the entire role of Lear still existed word for word in his mind. From being on the brink of playing one of Shakespeare’s most revered roles, to lying in a hospital bed surrounded by doctors, Edward had never imagined what tragedies and comedies lay in store for him.

Directed by award-winning Kathryn Hunter and performed by Edward Petherbridge and Paul Hunter, this is a moving and comic exploration of the resilience of the human spirit through the prism of Shakespeare’s great tragedy.

Told by an Idiot’s universally acclaimed production of My Perfect Mind toured the UK in both 2013 and 2014, and then transferred to Teatre Barcelona in November 2014, and 59E59 Theaters New York in June 2015. The production played in New York as part of 59E59’s Brits Off Broadway season.

You can find out more about the show here.

For participants in our Youth Theatre groups or Youth Masterclasses, Told by an Idiot will be running an online workshop following the show’s digital run – please see here for more details.

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Buy Access

Watch On Demand until March 28

Ticket Prices

Standard from £5
Suitable for 12+

Running Time

90 minutes
Build 3.2 17/02/2021