'King Lear With Sheep' is Real and Happening and Costs £10 to See

By Gary Cutlack on at

One man and eight sheep make up the cast of a play that's set to run in Hoxton early next month, as director Missouri Williams rethinks the classic King Lear for a modern and substantially more ironic audience. With animals in costumes.

It doesn't appear to be a joke -- unless the joke is on the viewer and about how consumers pay money to see anything they're told to by the media JUST LIKE SHEEP -- as there's a listing for it at The Courtyard along with ticket pricing details. The description says: "King Lear with Sheep is an experimental re-evaluation of its famous predecessor that overturns theatrical conventions through the startling and revolutionary device of costumed sheep."

The play/artwork is about a director's struggles in getting the sheep to perform King Lear in a cattle shed, so perhaps the subtext is something to do with unfair EU farming subsidies or livestock movement restrictions. I don't know. I'm not into art.

The play was first put on last year in a barn in Surrey. The Modern Farmer saw it back then and seemed to enjoy seeing a man crying over sheep in a manner that mirrors the mental destruction of King Lear in the Shakespearean original, so it may be worth a visit, if only so city folk can see a real live sheep for once. [Dalstonist]

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