Told by an Idiot’s Paul Hunter and much-loved classical actor Edward Petherbridge re-unite to tour My Perfect Mind, directed by Kathryn Hunter.
The compelling drama comes to Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre from November 11-15.
Blurring events from a life-changing chapter in Edward’s life and moments from King Lear, the show is a moving and comic exploration of the resilience of the human spirit through the prism of Shakespeare’s great tragedy.
Edward Petherbridge was cast as King Lear – then 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, 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 SJT is also holding a special event, In Conversation with Edward Petherbridge, on November 15 following the matinee performance.
Edward Petherbridge has had a distinguished career spanning over 50 years on both stage and screen.
He began his tenure as part of Laurence Olivier’s National Theatre Company in the 1960s, in which he created the iconic role of Guildenstern in Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.
He scooped an Olivier Award for his role as Charlie Marsden in Strange Interlude, all for the McKellen-Petherbridge Company at the National Theatre.
Paul Hunter is co-founder and artistic director of Told by an Idiot and has been involved in all of their work to date as Director/Devisor/Performer.
Kathryn Hunter is an award-winning actor and director. Recent credits include Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne’s The Valley of Astonishment (Young Vic).
My Perfect Mind is a co-production with the Young Vic and Theatre Royal Plymouth.
Remaining tour dates
Until Saturday, Unity Theatre, Liverpool
November 4-8, Birmingham Repertory Theatre
November 11-15, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
November 20-21, Teatre Lliure, Barcelona