A gritty reworking of Shakespeare’s King Lear set on the River Humber

Hull Truck Theatre

By Ben Benison, Directed by Barrie Rutter, Music by Eliza Carthy

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Wealthy trawlerman, Jack Lear, is preparing to retire and hand over his hard-earned fleet to his feisty trio of daughters.

Morgana, Freda and Victoria, who gut fish and work on deck wearing oilskin frocks and thigh high boots, have never seen eye to eye with each other or their tight-fisted father.

As the sisters scheme and scrap over their inheritance, enter Edmund, the womanising lawyer. Family ties are tested as each woman strives for freedom, fortune and love in this rivalry stormier than the dark North Sea!

Following the huge success of Richard III at Hull Truck Theatre, and fresh from directing Two Noble Kinsmen at Shakespeare’s Globe, Barrie Rutter OBE directs and stars in this gritty reworking of Shakespeare’s King Lear set on the River Humber, with live music by award-winning English Folk Musician Eliza Carthy MBE.

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A Jack Lear resource pack for schools is available for download: here

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Jack Lear


Northern Stage is fully accessible. The theatre has three lifts providing access to all parts of the building, including the accessible toilets, baby changing facilities, stages 2 & 3 and the backstage area. Buggy parking is available. To discuss any access needs, take a look at our access page or please call our Box Office on 0191 230 5151. 

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