Reviews in Brief: Jack Lear at Hull Truck Theatre

From Hull Truck Theatre website, Jack Lear.

“Following the huge success of Richard III at Hull Truck Theatre as part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017, and fresh from directing Two Noble Kinsmen at Shakespeare’s Globe, Barrie Rutter OBE returns to direct and play the title role in this gritty reworking of Shakespeare’s King Lear, set on the River Humber, with live music by award winning English Folk Musician Eliza Carthy MBE.” Hull Truck Theatre. 17 Jan – 2 Feb, 2019

Our Reviews in Brief:

Caroline Ullyart, actor & drama teacher, writes:

Anyone who knows King Lear will recognise some key scenes artfully echoing Lear’s downfall in this new Hull based version. If you don’t, no matter, it stands alone as a starkly funny but dark story of ‘You reap what you sow.’ The tragic story of this Lear with his three daughters is still very simple. This is a very funny (at times) but always accessible play, despite the language so often reminding you of Shakespearean rhythms and style – but then hitting you with a common colloquial phrase. It’s clever. The music by Eliza Carthy (of the famous folk music family the Watersons) is carefully crafted and grafted into the plot, and the singing is perfectly pitched. ‘He got it coming’, comes to mind as you see the story unfold. Rutter’s performance was like Falstaff, a larger than life almost unstoppable force to the end. Wonderful live theatre. If you love your theatre big, brash, bold, rollicking and real, this is for you.

Mark Rees, playwright, writes:

With swaggering, blustering bravado Jack Lear rules his three daughters with a rod of iron. It doesn’t end well though when he decides to share his ‘Kingdom’ with his family. There’s a beautiful poetry to the story of this ‘Three day millionaire.’ With strong performances and great ensemble playing, this production is well worth a visit.

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