My Perfect Mind at Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre

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Following the universally positive response to its premiere in 2013, Told by an Idiot’s Paul Hunter and much-loved classical actor Edward Petherbridge re-unite to tour My Perfect Mind, directed by Kathryn Hunter.

Blurring events from a life-changing chapter in Edward’s life and moments from King Lear, the show is a moving and comic exploration of the resilience of the human spirit through the prism of Shakespeare’s great tragedy.

Edward Petherbridge and Paul Hunter

Edward Petherbridge and Paul Hunter

Edward Petherbridge was cast as King Lear - then a major stroke left him barely able to move. In the space of 24 hours, he had gone from knowing one of the greatest parts in Western drama, to not even being able to move his thumb and index finger together. As he struggled to recover, he made a startling discovery: the entire role of Lear still existed word for word in his mind.

In My Perfect Mind, Edward reflects on the remarkable coincidences that struck him between that period of his life and the story of one of Shakespeare’s most complex characters as Paul Hunter plays everyone from his hospital consultant to Lear’s fool.

It runs at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, from Tuesday November 11 to Saturday November 15, daily at 7.45pm. Matinees on Thursday at 1.45pm and Saturday at 2.45pm.

Edward Petherbrigde will also be in conversation on the Saturday at 4.30pm.