This could be the biggest Lear year yet. Plans are in place for four interpretations of the downfall of the monarch and the mayhem it creates. In London there is one scheduled for March by Malachite Theatre with John McEnery as Lear. Outside the capital before that is Brian Blessed with the Guildford Shakespeare Company; in the Rose Theatre in Kingston upon Thames, the Northern Broadsides are travelling south with Barrie Rutter as Lear. All this before Geoffrey Rush in Sydney. But you will know about that already! Tickets for all but the closest one - the Malachites at St Leonard's Shoreditch - have been bought.
Kevin Scully has been 'collecting' King Lears since the 1970s.
He shares his thoughts of what it is like to seek entertainment where one old man goes mad and another has his eyes plucked out.
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Header image: King Lear and Cordelia by Edward Matthew Ward; Photo credit: sofi01 / Foter / CC BY-NC