After last months disappointment we finally got to see the the Donmar's touring production of King Lear with Derek Jacobi...After the Llandudno performances were cancelled I desperately looked for tickets at another venue - the ONLY option was standing at the Lowry. Fortunately the fantastic design of the Quays Theatre meant that we had great sight lines (and a handy wall to lean on!)
And goodness- was it worth the 3 hours stand! I have seen more exciting performances. I have seen cleverer staging, more intricate lighting and sound - but NEVER have I been so captivated by such wonderful verse!Stripped down, in a bare wooden set, with virtually no props - the story has never been so clear, or so captivating.
While the whole cast were wonderful (Gina McKee as Goneril, Ron Cook as the fool and an old favourite Alec Newman as Edmund) - there is simply nothing to beat Derek Jacobi as the King.