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About Double Bill: Shakespeare's Queens & The Madness of King Lear
Shakespeare’s seductively powerful Queens and his darkly mad King Lear fascinated audiences at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe. Now they're together in the West End: two satisfying halves of an eclectic and highly entertaining Shakespearian 'Double Bill'.
‘Hugely inventive’ (Scotsman) ‘Exquisitely performed’ (Stage)
Presented by Straylight Australia
They're dead! But Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots are still arguing furiously over who ruled best. When Shakespeare finds himself caught in the middle, he summons the seductive, ambitious and fabulously powerful Queens from his plays to help settle the dispute.
Meet them all, from the She-wolf of France to the Serpent of the Nile, in this entertaining and fast-paced hour of intrigue, passion, tragedy and triumph.
'Accessible to Bard aficionados and novices alike, this is definitely recommended.' (Broadway Baby)
'A jewel of a show… A dizzying, invigorating gallop through comedies, tragedies, and histories alike…The play's structure is intelligent and satisfying, and the acting highly accomplished.' (A Younger Theatre)
'A sexy, tempestuous romp… A pitch perfect production' (Fringe Review)
Director: Roz Riley
Cast: Rachel Ferris, Kath Perry, Patrick Trumper
THE MADNESS OF KING LEAR
Presented by CW Productions
He's dead, too! But the spirit of the old King is unable to rest as he battles to understand the actions of his three daughters. His dear companion and shamanic guide, Fool, shape-shifts in taunting flashes of half-glimpsed insight, as the King becomes ever more lost in his memory and his madness.
Both tragic and playful, this is 'Lear' as you've never seen it before: an explosive fusion of drama, dance, clowning and comedy.
'It’s utterly innovative… The acting is, quite simply, exceptional… A creative, shocking and entertaining piece of theatre' (Fringe Guru)
'A must-see for all Shakespeare fans' (Rip It Up Publications)
'Masterpiece of wit and grief, tears and music' (A Younger Theatre)
Director: Sara Fernandez Reyes
Cast: Leofric Kingsford-Smith, Lucas R Tsolakian