Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Rupert Goold
Liverpool Everyman (31st October – 29th November 2008)
My past memory of King Lear had been the exciting and emotional film production
starring Sir Lawrence Olivier and John Hurt. This production had a profound
effect upon me when I was younger and I remember being riveted by the
story and the characters; so much so, that I looked upon families in a
new light from that point onwards. The play taught me a strong lesson
in life. Be careful of those around you. They may not be what they seem.
I was therefore all these years later looking forward to seeing this latest
production of King Lear at the Everyman Playhouse starring Pete Postlethwaite
who I felt acted very well and conveyed an interesting King Lear.
I thought the play began well and I was drawn into the characters of
the old foolish King Lear and the evil sisters, Goneril and Regan and
dear sweet Cordelia.
However, I felt the play was let down by the costume. I was not interested
in the suits and modern gear. It was very confusing. The characters seemed
to lose something with the ‘suit thing’ going on while the
stage design was dismal and came across as a rather uninviting industrial
estate. If I want to see industrial estates, I can go back to live in
Skelmersdale. I had to look at one of those out of my window for four
years, so not my favourite view anymore. Even so the one in Skelmersdale
had a strange window that changed colour for hours on end (I never found
out why but at least it was interesting). Also, I wasn’t impressed
with the idea of the ‘green wax jacket, tweed thing’ going
on, oh dear.... very tacky. The production came across a little bit Midsomer
Murders at times. The idea of Gloucester having his eyes gouged out wearing
tweeds was just so...oh dear,'unfitting' as they say.
Not my favorite production, very grey and formal. I personally felt it
just didn’t work but each to their own. Well done to the idea of
film in the background and some of the stage effects. In terms of this
production it seems the idea that less is more, really meant that less