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There’s a storm coming: Shakespeare’s Lear told in a new light


The Scullions will be performing ‘Queen Lear’ at The Cotswold Playhouse in Stroud, Friday, November 19th, 7.30 pm. 

Shakespeare’s epic Lear, pared-back and reinvented. The story of Queen Lear and her three sons is a matriarchal drama and political thriller that explores the treacheries within a family dynasty, the fears around aging, and how blind we all can be to the reality we live in. Queen Lear explores Shakespeare’s classic story and its characters in the modern-day and with the switching of all characters’ genders. 

Queen Lear’s a modern, dark and accessible adaptation of Shakespeare’s Lear that’s been built by passionate actors and theatre-makers exploring characters archetypally played in alternate genders. Creating an exciting, emotionally charged observation of the tragedy of Lear that allows for original casting whilst championing strong women and vulnerable men. 

The Scullions are a fresh and vibrant company of actors who drive themselves to bring exciting and accessible adaptations to the masses! Started by three boys brought together by a passion and enjoyment of theatre, as the company continues to grow with fresh talent, we strive to bring 

the excitement and drama of Shakespeare’s plays to the forefront of each and every performance. 

Bringing the show to The Cotswold Playhouse is a thrilling step forward as it is the first time we as a company have brought a show to Stroud. “To branch out into this wonderful venue feels like a real milestone for the company.” 

Tickets are £12 and can be booked via

For more information check their website at or follow them on instagram @thescullions 

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