Thursday, November 16, 2006


"As flies to wanton boys, are we to the gods,
They kill us for their sport."

Lear, Goneril and Regan spoke Mandarin, and the rest English, which produced an odd counterpoint. The first half of the play, set in a modern Shanghai, was a little clumsy; after the interval the power of the play and a compelling Lear took over. "Hangs one that gathers samphire, dreadful trade" morphed into "the businessmen that walk along the Bund"; otherwise the production was sensibly faithful to the text.

Personal Star Rating [out of five] ***


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