The Hampstead Players

William Shakespeare
Directed by David Gardner and Annie Duarte
24th to 26th November 2016

King Lear is the most titanic of the tragedies, a huge, shattering play.  It is a story of poison and insanity and murder, of the sins that are committed through lust of possession and of the cruelties that the young are willing to inflict upon the old.  It wrenches apart the normal world to show its terrible underside, and yet it is not a story of despair for there is no weakness in it.  It is as unreasoning as a storm, but with all a storm's strength and magnificence, and if Shakespeare had written nothing but King Lear he would still rank as one of the world's greatest playwrights. (Marchette Chute)