The Civic to host re-telling of a masterpiece

Debs Newbold, described by Bestival producer Becky Burchell as ‘the best storyteller in all the kingdoms’, comes to The Civic this season with a re-telling of King Lear, the classic tale of betrayal, in her own unique and modern style.

Dark and challenging, epic and shocking, human and uplifting, this explosive version of the legend of Lear, King of the Britons, will, in the words of the advance publicity, ‘whip up a great storm that will snatch you from your seat and send you hurtling into its bloody centre.’

In a fresh storytelling style, she paints pictures with words until you feel, as one audience member put it, ‘as if an entire film just played in my head.’

Debs is one of the UK’s most acclaimed Performance Storytellers, regularly playing venues such as the Royal Opera House, Southbank Centre and Shakespeare’s Globe, as well as touring internationally.

Twice voted one of the top five acts at the Towersey Festival (the only Spoken Word Artist in its fifty-year history ever to achieve this), Storyteller for Shakespeare’s Globe, Associate Artist at the English Folk Dance & Song Society, double nominee at the inaugural British Awards for Storytelling Excellence, Debs is a force of nature, a teller not to be missed.

King Lear Retold is a creative twist on the well known tale for Shakespeare fans, and a fantastic introduction to those that have yet to see Shakespeare.

The show is deeply felt and often uproariously funny. It makes Shakespeare accessible to everyone.

Created for a sell-out show at The Hay Festival, toured internationally and performed to acclaim at Shakespeare’s Globe, this is a thrilling, compelling solo performance not to be missed.

Tickets are available from The Civic Box Office on 01226 327000 or online at

  •  King Lear Retold will be at The Civic on Thursday 19 October 2017 at 7.30pm. Tickets are £12 | £10 concession. Recommended for 12+
  • Photo by Pau Ros shows King Lear Newbold.

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