FORTHCOMING EVENTS ... 2013
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The award winning Cobweb Orchestra will perform a Midsummer Promenade Concert at Brougham Hall on the evening of Sunday 23rd June at 7pm. There will be music by Mozart, Rossini, Mendelssohn, Lennon/McCartney and classic film tracks. A traditional Prom Finale with Jerusalem, Land of Hope and Glory and more.
The Orchestra started 18 years ago as outreach work from the Northern Sinfonia, with the principal horn player Chris Griffiths in charge, as an evening class for lapsed players offering a chance to "blow the cobwebs off their music stand" and get back to playing music together. Since then, the Cobweb Orchestra has grown in size and gone from strength to strength, having held 132+ concerts in 71 venues with some as far away as London and Tuscany with 5,576 musicians playing to paying audiences of at least 15,000. Mary Hitch, a professional singer from Carlisle (and also an oboist with Cobwebs) will be joining the promenade for the "traditional proms" on the programme. Click the heading for further details.
Tickets are available from Brougham Hall : 01768 868184, Penrith Tourist Information Centre : 01768 867466, Appleby Tourist Information Centre 017683 51177 and Beckside Bookshop in Penrith.
Adults : £8.00 Concessions (60 and over, 16 and under) £5.00
The Globe return to Brougham Hall - 13th & 14th July
The Globe Theatre will be calling in at Brougham Hall during their tour across the UK, Europe and Asia to perform King Lear. Known as one of Shakespeare's ultimate tragedies, with the first recorded performance on December 26th 1606, at the Court of King James I. The play is based on the Legend of the Leir of Britain, a mythological pre-Roman Celtic King. Joseph Marcell will play King Lear. (He is best known for his role as "Geoffrey" in the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and has previously performed at the Globe in Much Ado About Nothing (2011) and Coriolanus (2006)). Rawiri Paratene will play Gloucester. New Zealand born Rawiri starred in the Academy Award Nominated film Whale Rider (2002) and has performed at Shakespeare's Globe in Troilus and Cressida (2012 Globe to Globe Festival) and Romeo & Juliet (2009). Rawiri is travelling from New Zealand to play Gloucester.
Saturday 13th July @ 7pm & Sunday 14th July @ 3pm
Tickets : Adults £17.50 Concessions (60 and over, 16 and under) : £12.50
Box Office : Brougham Hall - 01768 868184
020 7401 9919 shakespearesglobe.com
Tickets are also available from Penrith & Appleby Tourist Information Centres and Beckside Bookshop.
Old King Lear, who wants to retire from power, decides to divide his realm among his three daughters. Goneril and Regan both proclaim their love for him, whereas Cordelia can’t find words to describe her feelings. This infuriates Lear and he disinherits her and divides the Kingdom between Regan and Goneril.
Goneril and Regan begin to undermine Lear’s authority. Unable to believe that his beloved daughters are betraying him, Lear slowly goes insane and flees to wander on a heath during a great thunderstorm.
Meanwhile, an elderly nobleman named Gloucester also experiences family problems. His son, Edmund, tricks him into believing that his other son, Edgar, is trying to kill him. Fleeing his father, Edgar disguises himself as a beggar and calls himself “Poor Tom.” Like Lear, he heads out onto the heath.
When the loyal Gloucester realises that Lear’s daughters have turned against their father, he decides to help him. Regan, discovers him helping Lear, accuses him of treason, blinds him, and turns him out to wander the countryside. He ends up being led by his disguised son, Edgar, toward the city of Dover, where Lear has also been brought.
At Dover, a battle breaks out and the English, led by Edmund, defeat the French troops led by Cordelia. In a climatic ending, Cordelia is captured and executed, her sister, Goneril, poisons her other sister Regan and then kills herself and Lear dies from absolute grief. The country is left under a cloud of sorrow and regret.
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