English Literature students enjoy production of King Lear

Last Wednesday A Level English Literature students went to see a production of Shakespeare’s King Lear at the Minerva Theatre in Chichester. The production was directed by Angus Jackson, whilst Frank Langella played the title role, bringing both pride and tragedy to his interpretation of Lear in a perfect balance. Langella demonstrated his extreme versatility as an actor of both stage and screen in the production, crafting his interpretation of Lear so that his inevitable descent into madness gained a sense of heartbreaking inevitability. All the students found it an extremely rewarding experience to see the text they had learned about in class being brought to the stage, as all the scenes we had studied were actualised. We could see the torture of Gloucester happen before our eyes and witness ourselves Cordelia’s upsetting estrangement from her father. Shakespeare’s work is perhaps not the most accessible kind of writing due to its complex language and plot, but the production emphasised the skill and dexterity of the language, making it a production that was not just suitable for those who had studied the play, but for all. With fantastic performances from all the cast and an amazing set, the production gave a refreshing insight into the play whilst ensuring it did not lose any of its original resonance. King Lear will run until 30 November at the Minerva in Chichester before the production moves to New York.

By Amy Blakelock, 6.2

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Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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