From 16 October to 8 November the Stephen Joseph Theatre Company presents Jack Lear, a gritty re-working of Shakespeare’s King Lear by Ben Benison.
Jack is old, tired and finally hanging up his oilskins and sou’wester. At last he is dividing up his ‘kingdom’ to his feisty and unforgiving daughters, Morgana, Freda and Victoria. Years of being raised in hard graft amongst fish guts, leering trawler men and all that is coarse and masculine has made each one long for femininity and freedom from the heavy burden of their father’s penny pinching ways.
As Jack looks towards a retirement of rest and putting his boots up, his daughters have other ideas in mind as their resentment rises and surges with the tide.
Barrie Rutter plays Jack in this gritty re-working of Shakespeare’s King Lear. Family loyalty and love battle through hatred, revenge and sibling rivalry that is more tempestuous than the dark oceans.
“The raw simplicity of Rutter’s approach gives his productions energy and drive”
Apparently Mike will not be appearing in the production, however he will be performing with Norma Waterson and Martin Carthy at the Stephen Joseph Theatre on Sunday the 2nd of November.