Act One: King Lear in Cardiff

January 4, 2012

31st January – 4th February 2012 (7pm)

YMCA Theatre

A dramatic re-telling of one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies, this production seeks to bring Lear to a wider audience by heightening the violence and raw power of the text, and re-imagining some of its famous characters.

Britain in the not-too-distant future. The world has been torn apart by natural disasters, political crisis and war, and society has long since crumbled. Criminal gangs control what is left of the dilapidated cities.

Lear is the weary leader of a gang of survivors, when tragedy strikes and he splits his kingdom between his two sadistic daughters, banishing the third into the arms of his enemy. Meanwhile, ex-policeman Gloucester is corrupted by his bitter illegitimate son Edmund, forcing his older son to flee into the decaying underbelly of the city.

Torn apart by deceit, betrayal and madness, the characters begin to fight amongst themselves. A storm breaks over the city.

For some, the world will end.


See trailer at http://vimeo.com/33433620

Directed by Madison Fowler & Piers Horner


YMCA Theatre

The Walk


CF24 3AG



02920 781 458


Tickets £6 students, £6.50- non-students

Visit Act One – Cardiff University’s theatre company – here.


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