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Queen Lear

  • Kibble Palace 730 Great Western Road Glasgow, Scotland, G12 0UE United Kingdom (map)

Adapted and directed by Jennifer Dick

“Know that we have divided
In three our kingdom: and 'tis our fast intent
To shake all cares and business from our age;
Conferring them on younger strengths.
Tell me, my children,
Which of you shall we say doth love us most?”

The aged Queen Lear wishes to divide her kingdom between her three children. The one who loves her the most will receive the largest slice. Her eldest daughters play along; declaring their boundless love for their mother, but her young son refuses to join in the game. In a rage, the Queen banishes her beloved son and puts herself under the loving care of her daughters, who seem to lack both love, and care.

The suddenly purposeless and isolated Queen must then battle the loss of her place, position and, terrifyingly, the loss of her reason.

Shakespeare’s best-loved tragedy is reimagined here from the perspective not of a King, but a great Queen, in Bard in the Botanics’ thrilling and unmissable new outdoor production.

Please note that this is an outdoor performance, subject to cancellation in the event of adverse weather. Seating is not provided for this performance - stools are available for hire or audiences may bring their own seating


Venue: Main Botanic Gardens

Previews: Wed 12th and Thurs 13th July 7.45 pm (Preview tickets: £15)

Performances: Fri 14th July – Sat 29th July 7.45 pm (no performances on Sundays or Mondays)

Box Office: 0141 429 0022

Tickets: £22.50 / £15.  
£12 Tuesdays – all tickets £12 on Tuesday performances

Earlier Event: June 22
Timon of Athens
Later Event: July 13
Measure for Measure