My Perfect Mind

Archived Show


Produced by:
Told By An Idiot, Young Vic, and Theatre Royal Plymouth
June 10 - June 28, 2015
Run Time:
0 Hour, 0 Minute
Showing in Theater

Show Info

By Kathryn Hunter, Paul Hunter, and Edward Petherbridge
Directed by Kathryn Hunter

With Paul Hunter and Edward Petherbridge

Acclaimed classical actor and two-time TONY Award nominee Edward Petherbridge was cast as King Lear, when on the second day of rehearsals he suffered a stroke that left him barely able to move. As he struggled to recover Edward made a discovery: the entire role of Lear still existed word for word in his mind.

From being on the brink of playing one of Shakespeare's most revered roles, to lying in a hospital bed surrounded by doctors, Edward never imagined what tragedies and comedies lay in store for him.

My Perfect Mind celebrates the resilience of the human spirit through the prism of Shakespeare's great tragedy, however, it's anything but a tragedy.

Photo Caption: Paul Hunter and Edward Petherbridge in MY PERFECT MIND
Photo: Manuel Harlan
Photo Caption: Edward Petherbridge and Paul Hunter in MY PERFECT MIND
Photo: Manuel Harlan
Photo Caption: Paul Hunter and Edward Petherbridge in MY PERFECT MIND
Photo: Manuel Harlan
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Producing Company

Told By An Idiot

Told by an Idiot explores the human condition through theatre that is bigger than life. They acknowledge the artifice of performance & make no attempt to put reality on stage, but they inhabit the space between laughter & pain which exists in the real world. Their work is rooted in the live event & thrives on a sense of spontaneity & risk, celebrating the unpredictability of performance. Through playful collaborative writing, anarchic physicality & a comedic sensibility, they create genuinely spontaneous experiences for audiences.

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Young Vic

The Young Vic theatre began its life as an offshoot of the Old Vic - the first residence of the Royal National Theatre under Laurence Olivier. 'Here', Olivier said, 'we think to develop plays for young audiences, an experimental workshop for authors, actors and producers.'

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Theatre Royal Plymouth

As a regional theatre firmly embedded in the cultural life of the South West, Theatre Royal Plymouth enjoys a national profile that is based on our artistic reputation and the innovative work of their Creative Learning team with young people and hard to reach communites locally. As well as delighting and entertaining audiences with world class productions on our stages, they believe passionately in the impact that theatre can have on people’s lives.

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"Petherbridge assumes the role of lear with a truly affecting air of embattled vulnerability." - Ben Brantley, The New York Times

"[They] have made something that appears wobbly but that in truth has heft and balance. The show revels in its own unpruned quality... the material constantly stays ahead of the audience." - Time Out New York, Critic's Pick

"This fragmented, hilarious, strangely lucid memory play... is a delightfully entertaining brain teaser." - TheaterMania

"An exquisite piece of tomfoolery." - The Guardian

"A show of constant invention and delight - very funny!" - The Telegraph