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Nearly Lear ()

Produced by

Magpie Theatre

Playwright: William Shakespeare
Adapters: Susanna Hamnett and Edith Tankus


The Winchester Street Theatre


January 17th, 2008 – February 3rd, 2008


What if the great and tragic story of King Lear were to be told by the King’s closest companion? In this one-woman tour-de-force, actress Susanna Hamnett plays the Fool (who, in good Shakespearean tradition is actually Noreen disguised as a boy) –  and every other character – to tell a very personal and poignant story that borrows from the words of ‘that guy William Shakespeare’. (


Susanna Hamnett Performer
Steve MacGregor Lear (film)
Lily MacGregor Cordelia (film)

Creative Team

William Shakespeare Playwright
Susanna Hamnett Adapter
Edith Tankus Adapter
Michelle Ramsay Lighting Designer
Lindsay Anne Black Set Designer
Gavin Fearon Sound
Steve MacGregor Assistant Director


Suzanne Roberts Smith Stage Manager
David Parker Film
David Parker Editor
Erika Rueter Publicity
Erika Rueter Marketing
Jackie McAlpine Graphic Designer
Susanna Hamnett Producer


A.J. Morra House Technician