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A Production of Shakespeare’s King Lear Performed by Sheep Instead of Human Actors

(Photo: The London Evening Standard)

The betrayed ex-king famously raged in Act 1, Scene 4:

How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is
To have a thankless child!

Or as it is rendered in the ovine tongue:

Baa baa baa baa baa baa baa
Baa baa baa baaaaaa!

The Courtyard Theatre in London is presenting an experimental play called King Lear with Sheep. Here is a synopsis:

...A stubborn director is trying to put on a production of King Lear with a cast composed solely of sheep. As expected, his actors are both silent and mutinous. Much chaos ensues. 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.

So it’s a play about the production of a play.

-via Dave Barry


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