Nearly Lear by Susanna Hamnett

What if the great and tragic story of King Lear were to be told by the King’s closest companion – his own fool? This is Nearly Lear. Seen through the eyes of Lear’s devoted clown, Norris (who, in good Shakespearean tradition, is actually Noreen disguised as a boy), the story is not only poignant and tragic, but also mischievous, tender and achingly funny.

An emotional rollercoaster ride that will entrance both lovers of Shakespeare as well as newcomers to the Bard. Nearly Lear confounds expectations of what a Shakespeare play should be and uses exuberant storytelling, music and film, as well as Shakespeare’s magnificent text to take its audience firmly into the heart of this great story.

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