Told by an Idiot, Young Vic
& Theatre Royal Plymouth presents
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.
"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, Critics' Pick
"THIS FRAGMENTED, HILARIOUS, STRANGELY LUCID MEMORY PLAY... IS A DELIGHTFULLY ENTERTAINING BRAIN TEASER."
-TheaterMania "THE RESULT IS A SWEET, DELIBERATELY SCATTERSHOT THEATRICAL VAUDEVILLE."
New York Times
"AN EXQUISITE PIECE OF TOMFOOLERY."
"A SHOW OF CONSTANT INVENTION AND DELIGHT - VERY FUNNY!"
"THERE'S NOTHING QUITE LIKE IT!"
"A COMPANY WITH A GIFT FOR INVENTIVE PHYSICALITY."
Time Out, Critics' Choice
"A GENTLY HILARIOUS, INTERMITTENTLY (AND UNDERSTATEDLY) HAUNTING DOUBLE-ACT PIECE."
"DON'T MISS IT IS MY ADVICE."