(Michael Billington’s article appeared in the Guardian, 4/25.)
Edward Bond at Chichester? It sounds improbable. But Bond's magnificent 1973 play, excellently revived by Angus Jackson, is itself a study in contradiction. How, it asks, can one reconcile the Shakespeare who so empathised with suffering in King Lear with the rich property owner of the final years? Only, Bond suggests, by assuming that the great dramatist was a tormented figure driven to self-destruction.
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