Grandeur and Horror Of King Lear in Country Park

PUBLISHED: 13:53 10 June 2011

King Lear at Wandlebury Country Park

King Lear at Wandlebury Country Park


“We’re very excited about putting on King Lear in such an extraordinary setting. With its famous scenes of storms and wilderness and its extremes of human suffering and cruelty.”

EXPERIENCE the pathos, grandeur and horror of Shakespeare’s King Lear in the beautiful landscape of Wandlebury Country Park. Theatre company in situ, Cambridge’s leading experimental theatre company, has created a performance of epic proportions and cinematic scope that takes the audience on an extraordinary journey through secluded groves, open meadows and atmospheric woodlands.

Wandlebury Country Park provides the perfect setting for Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy – the tale of an old king whose decision to give away his kingdom sends him on a harrowing journey of loss and displacement.

A remarkable walk-around performance that maps its hero’s spiritual journey from civilisation to wilderness, King Lear follows the enormous success of Ovid’s Metamorphoses, performed on the same site in 2007 and 2008. King Lear is a unique theatrical experience and in situ: director Richard Spaul explained why those who have yet to see the company’s productions should not miss this opportunity.

“We’re very excited about putting on King Lear in such an extraordinary setting. With its famous scenes of storms and wilderness and its extremes of human suffering and cruelty, King Lear was described by A.C. Bradley as being too huge for the stage. In recent times the best versions have all been on film. But here at Wandlebury we have an environment of cinematic scope, combined with the intimacy of studio theatre. With our own wilderness to work in and our terrific team of performers (and hopefully not too many real storms!) we hope to bring you a King Lear such as you’ve never seen before.”

INFO: King Lear runs from Wednesday, June 22 to Saturday, June 25 at 8pm. Tickets £12 (£10 cons) are available from our website – – or on the door from 7.30pm or ring 01223 211451. Suitable for 16+.

This is a walk-around performance, taking place outside, involving some gentle walking. No seating, but bring a cushion if you wish.

In situ: has been presenting site specific productions for the past 10 years in venues as diverse as houses in Cambridge, the Leper Chapel and Wandlebury Country Park, on the Gog Magog hills.

Productions have ranged from Psycho and War of the Worlds to The Cherry Orchard, The Canterbury Tales, Hedda Gabler and The Decameron.

Wandlebury Country park is owned by Cambridge Past, Present and Future, which also cares for a number of historic buildings in the area.

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