The King Must Lie

A Leicestershire City Councillor and two historians do battle over the reputation of King Richard III, and discuss the proper place for his re-interment.

 

The two sides of Richard’s character are examined. Meanwhile his ghost – disturbed by all the fuss - listens and adds his own opinions and reactions, unheard by the rest of the cast.

 

This leads to irony and humour, but there is much for Richard to face: at the heart of the play is a lost and confused soul who is only just beginning to know himself. 

 

First performed at The White Bear Theatre, Kennington in 2014

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‘Thoroughly absorbing, funny and thought-provoking. Very well written and could not be more topical.'

 

AUDIENCE REVIEW, May 2014

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Cast:

 

Toby Osmond        -   Len Brown

 

Steve Blacker         -   Dr Ambrose Pennington

 

Kathy Trevelyan   -   Mrs Barbara Goodall

 

John Gregor           -   King Richard III

'This incredibly eloquently written new play was a pleasure to watch. The writer, Sharon Jennings, has obviously researched the content in great detail and put together a very witty, humorous and also thought-provoking piece.'

 

AUDIENCE REVIEW, MAY 2014

'The King Must Lie takes an interesting look at modern attitudes towards history, public image and the rights of the individual.  Combining naturalistic performance with a supernatural twist, this unique and entertaining drama is not to be missed.'

 

HANNA GILBERT, EVERYTHING THEATRE, MAY 2014