1623 theatre company presents
Autumn 2018 in studio theatres across England
We are currently planning and fundraising to make the tour possible - more news soon
A double-bill of Shakespeare and new writing
"We two alone will sing like birds in a cage"
Lear has dementia.
His children never visit him. He forbids it, ever since they betrayed him and he disowned them many years ago. So what happens when Cordelia - his youngest, whose betrayal was the greatest - knocks on his door? Why has she come back? What's her story? And is there any chance of reconciliation?
Lear/Cordelia is an experimental double-bill: a radical reworking of Shakespeare's King Lear followed by Cordelia, a new play from the perspective of Lear's youngest daughter.
The national tour show will be based on our recent pilot production, which played at Attenborough Arts Centre in Leicester and Derby Theatre Studio. Click here to watch the pilot production, which was live-streamed by Pilot Theatre from Attenborough Arts Centre in 2016.
Each performance will be BSL-intepreted and followed by a discussion on the issues raised by the production.
Running alongside Lear/Cordelia will be creative workshops in care homes for people living with dementia. Click here to find out more about our current workshops, inspired by the 2016 pilot production.
Lear/Cordelia is based on our research-and-development project that explored King Lear in the context of dementia through participatory research. Click here to find out all about our extensive exploration of King Lear and dementia.
CREATIVES (2016 pilot production)
: Farrah Chaudhry Cordelia playwright
: Eleanor Field set and costume
: Louie Ingham Cordelia director
: Christopher Lydon sound and music
: Darius Powell digital artist
: Ben Spiller Lear dramaturg and director
: Find out what reviewers and audiences said about the pilot
: Take a look at the production photography by Robert Day
: Have a read of our assistant director's blog
: Flick through our photos from the rehearsal room