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Greater Manchester Fringe King Lear comes to Guide Bridge Theatre
Tuesday 26th July 2016 @ 09:38 by Adam Higgins
Denton & Audenshaw News

Guide Bridge Theatre is playing its part in the 2016 Greater Manchester Fringe Festival by hosting a second show this weekend.

Last Sunday, Simon Thompson – originally from Droylsden – starred as a homeless old clown busking for money in Clown Noir: Nose Business.

Now, an eccentric adaptation of one of William Shakespeare’s most famous works is coming to the region for the first time.

King Lear (Alone) is one of five productions at the Fringe, which honoured the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death this year.

King Lear (2)

Starring role: Bob Young as King Lear

Starring Bob Young as Lear and adapted by Edinburgh Fringe award-winning playwright Frank Bramwell, the hour-long solo performance takes the audience along Lear’s spiritual journey following the news of Cordelia’s death.

By losing the other 29 characters from the original, the play focuses on the thoughts and feelings of King Lear himself and poses the question – “Was Shakespeare right to kill off King Lear at the end of his play?”

Supported by Stephen Fry and the Royal Shakespeare Company, the tragedy will be retold on Saturday, 30 July, at 7:45pm at Guide Bridge Theatre on Audenshaw Road.

Tickets are £8, £7 for concessions, and are available via

The 2016 Greater Manchester Fringe Festival has run throughout July with over 100 acts performing at a number of venues.