• Cast of King Lear ©Kirstin Prisk

    Cast of King Lear ©Kirstin Prisk

  • Oswald & Lear ©Kirstin Prisk

    Oswald & Lear ©Kirstin Prisk

  • Rosie Hughes as King Lear ©Kirstin Prisk

    Rosie Hughes as King Lear ©Kirstin Prisk

  • Oswald & Lear map the Shakespearean land ©Kirstin Prisk

    Oswald & Lear map the Shakespearean land ©Kirstin Prisk



This summer, Cornwall’s Miracle Theatre presents Shakespeare’s most elemental and passionate play.  

King Lear is an exquisitely dark tale about a family squabble that grows out of all proportion, blowing up into a storm of deadly force. 

This fresh and fast-paced adaptation of Shakespeare’s text – pared down to its bare essentials – tells a shocking, yet tender, story of ageing and madness, fuelled by ambition and fired by betrayal. 

Shakespeare loved to weave theatrical magic out of tragedy in a way that is never far from farce, making King Lear ripe for Miracle’s unique treatment!

Miracle’s previous Shakespeare adaptations (Hamlet, Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo & Juliet and The Tempest) have all been hugely popular with Cornwall’s summer audiences.

“These days we expect an economy in story-telling,” says director Bill Scott, “which would have been disappointing to Elizabethan audiences, who liked to while away a long afternoon at the theatre. We want Miracle’s adaptation of King Lear to be fast-paced, enthralling, thought-provoking entertainment, embedded in glorious locations the length and breadth of Cornwall and enjoyed by grown-ups of all ages and their fearless children!”

In the title role, Rosie Hughes transcends gender to bring the old king to life and show his unpredictable nature: a fading physical presence occasionally bursting with formidable energy, half mad but completely sane, an angry old man capable of moments of great tenderness.

The production is designed by Cornish artist Paul Spooner, whose work has been described as ‘eccentrically beautiful and endlessly fascinating’ and ‘full of wonder and whimsy.’

FAMILY TICKETS for £50: use the code SIZZLE22 and buy two adult and two children’s tickets for £50 at any of the following venues: Bodmin Moor, Newquay Orchard, Trelowarren, Enys Gardens. Offer available to book from 6/8/22.

Additional info:  

Wrap up warm, pack a picnic and something comfortable to sit on*.
Suitable for ages 12+. Run time approx 2 hrs plus interval.

See venue pages for more details.

*Check venue details for seating arrangements, whether four legged friend can join and any food available on the night!

What audiences have said about previous Shakespeare adaptations by Miracle:

“A triumph of artistry over logic, so inspired and hugely enjoyable” The Tempest

“Better than Stratford in June” Romeo & Juliet

Check out our Time Capsule for images and paraphernalia of performances from our (now over!) 40-year history.