The Scarborough News has two tickets to the opening night of My Perfect Mind at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, to be won.
Starring Edward Petherbidge and Paul Hunter, it tells the true story of how Edward was struck down by a stroke and was unable to fulfil his ambition to play Shakespeare’s greatest leading role of King Lear.
He was rehearsing for the role of King Lear when a major stroke left him barely able to move. In the space of 24 hours, he had gone from knowing one of the greatest parts in Western drama, to not even being able to move his thumb and index finger together.
As he struggled to recover, he made a startling discovery: the entire role of Lear still existed word for word in his mind. In My Perfect Mind, Bradford-born Edward reflects on the remarkable coincidences that struck him between that period of his life and the story of one of Shakespeare’s most complex characters as Paul Hunter plays everyone from his hospital consultant to Lear’s fool.
The play has been devised by Hunter’s theatre company Told By an Idiot and Petherbridge.
It runs at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, from Tuesday November 11 to Saturday November 15, daily at 7.45pm. There are matinees on Thursday at 1.45pm and Saturday at 2.45pm. The Saturday matinee will be followed by a conversation with Edward Petherbridge at 4.30pm.
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