What the Fool Saw: Nearly Lear Will Play the The Duke on 42nd Street

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New York audiences will find out what King Lear's courtly fool really thought of the king's downfall at the hands of his children when British actress Susanna Hamnett offers her solo play Nearly Lear as part of the New Victory Theater season in January.

Nearly Lear conjures the Shakespearean tragedy through the eyes of the Fool, known in Hamnett's loose adaptation as "Norris/Noreen." Even though Shakespeare got to tell the story of King Lear first, Hamnett has devised a conceit where a young mischievous witness gets her chance to shed a whole new light on the tale as she inhabits every character. Edith Tankus directs the solo play that will run Jan. 7-17, 2011, at the New Victory. The production has lighting design by Michelle Ramsay, costume design by Susanna Hamnett, sound design by Gavin Fearon, set design by Lindsay Anne Black and film by David Parker.

Hamnett first developed the production with Emma Rice, artistic director of the Kneehigh Theatre Company, known for Broadway's Brief Encounter and The Red Shoes at St. Ann's Warehouse.

For tickets call (646) 223-3010 or visit www.newvictory.org.

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