This summer, Cornwall’s Miracle Theater will perform Shakespeare’s most basic and passionate play, King Lear, in fifteen wild locations across Cornwall from July 13 to August 27.
From a remote ‘blasted moor’ on Bodmin Moor framed by the magnificent skyline of Brown Willy and Rough Tor to the cliff top beneath St Agnes Beacon, with the rugged coastline and Atlantic Ocean as a backdrop, this It’s King Lear like you’ve never seen him before. For the full list of venues visit www.miracletheatre.co.uk
King Lear is a delightfully dark tale about a family feud that grows out of proportion, exploding in a storm of deadly force. This fresh, fast-paced adaptation of Shakespeare’s text – performed by a cast of five – tells a shocking, yet tender tale of aging and madness, fueled by ambition and driven by betrayal. Full of life and wit, this all-new adaptation is stripped down to the bare essentials, delivering the full impact of Shakespeare’s captivating story and haunting language in just half the time.
Director Bill Scott says: “These days we expect an economy in storytelling that would have been disappointing for Elizabethan audiences who loved to spend a long afternoon at the theatre. We want the adaptation of King’s Miracle Lear is fast-paced and engrossing entertainment, set in glorious locations across Cornwall and enjoyed by adults of all ages and their intrepid children!”
Previous adaptations of Shakespeare’s Miracle (Macbeth, Twelfth Night, Hamlet, Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo & Juliet and The Tempest) have all been hugely popular with Cornwall summer audiences who said:
In the title role, Rosie Hughes transcends genres to bring the old king to life and show his unpredictable nature: a declining physical presence brimming at times with tremendous energy, half-mad but perfectly sane, an old man in anger capable of moments of great tenderness.
The ensemble cast also includes Miracle regulars Steve Jacobs (Twelfth Night, Waiting for Godot, Bah Humbug), Charlotte Merriam (Everyman), Cat Lake (The Tempest, Romeo & Juliet, The Third Policeman) and newest member of the company, Ian Harris (Mechanical Rough).
The production is designed by Cornish artist Paul Spooner, whose work has been described as “eccentrically beautiful and endlessly fascinating” and “full of wonder and fantasy”.
Shakespeare loved to weave the theatrical magic of tragedy in a way that never far from farce, making King Lear ripe for the quirky treatment of Miracle! Brave the elements this summer and be amazed by Shakespeare’s tragic farce!
Touring clifftops, gardens, amphitheaters (and now moorland) across the South West, since 1979 Miracle’s outdoor productions have become a ‘must see’ activity with audiences bringing their own seats and picnics to enjoy an evening of entertainment whatever the weather.
JULY 13 & 14 CARN MARTH AMPHITHEATER – REDRUTH
JULY 15 & 16 PENLEE PARK – PENZANCE
JULY 19 & 20 TRELISSICK GARDEN – TRURO
21- 23 JULY LA BALISE – ST AGNES
26 & 27 JULY BOCONNOC – LOSTWITHIEL
29 JULY POOL GREEN, ST MARTIN’S – SCILLY ISLANDS
JULY 30 CHAPLAINCY OF SAINTE MARY – SCILLY ISLANDS
04 & 05 AUGUST THE ISLAND – ST IVES
06 & 07 AUGUST STERTS THEATER – LISKEARD
09 & 10 AUGUST STOWE BARTON – BUDE
11 – 12 AUGUST BODMIN MOOR – NEAR CAMELFORD
AUGUST 16 & 17 NEWQUAY ORCHARD – NEWQUAY
AUGUST 18 – 20 TRELOWARREN – HELSTON/LIZARD
AUGUST 23 & 24 TREGREHAN GARDENS – ST AUSTELL
25 – 27 AUGUST ENYS GARDENS – PENRYN
Recommended age 12+ | Approximate operating time: 2 hours plus interval
The press evening will take place at the NT Trelissick on July 19. Please request your tickets for the press review from [email protected] – note that tickets are available for other performances on request.
Rosie Hughes (Performer)
Rosie has appeared on numerous Miracle shows since 2003 including Aladdin, Quasimodo, Government Inspector and The Case of The Frightened Lady and returned to play the lead role of King in King Lear in 2022.
Charlotte is an actress and writer who graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Stage credits include Miracle’s Everyman as well as Macbeth (Manchester Royal Exchange), Peter Pan (Birmingham Rep) and Swansong (Dugout Theatre).
Steve Jacobs is a Penzance based actor, director and teacher. He has worked all over the UK and overseas with a wide range of companies from RSC to running away with No Fit State Circus and touring Brazil with DudenDance.
Catherine Lake (Performer)
Catherine is a graduate of the Central School of Speech and Drama and has worked in the creative industry for over 15 years. She was a founding member of the multilingual physical theater company “Bottlefed” and has been part of Miracle’s repertoire company since 2010.
Ian Harris (Performer)
Ian is an actor, theater maker and musician. Over the past 25 years, theatrical work has taken him across the UK, to the West End and to Broadway. King Lear is his first show for Miracle.
Paul Spooner (designer)
Paul studied at Art and Design in Cardiff, specializing in mechanical sculpture. Later he resumed the then almost extinct trade of Automatiste, working in the Cabaret shop in Falmouth. In 1983 Cabaret became a mechanical theater and between 1985 and 2000 it was located in Covent Garden, London. King Lear is Paul’s first show to work with the Miracle Theatre.
Sachi Kimura (movement director)
Sachi is a movement practitioner, a movement director and a theater creator/director. She trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, the Shiki Theater Company (Japan), the School of Philippe Gaulier and the Scola Commedia Dell’arte (Italy). Over her 26-year career, she has worked in theatre, film and television, in the UK, Europe and Japan.
Miracle is an award-winning traveling theater company, based in Cornwall, renowned for producing comedic, highly entertaining and thought-provoking performances suitable for everyone.
Since 1979, they have been touring the most remote corners of the Southwest. Miracles outdoor productions have become a must-do and appear in unexpected and extraordinary locations, including gardens, beaches, castles and cliffs.
In 2016, Miracle founder and artistic director Bill Scott received the British Empire Medal in recognition of his service to the arts in Cornwall.
Miracle Theater is a registered charity number 1092029 and this production is funded by Arts Council England, Cornwall Council, Garfield Weston, Foyle Foundation, Cultural Recovery Fund and Cornwall Community Foundation.