The winners of the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards were announced tonight (Sunday 3 December 2017) at a ceremony at London’s Theatre Royal, Drury Lane: three of the nine awards went to the premiere of Jez Butterworth’s The Ferryman
“Pray you, undo this button: thank you Sir” is probably not the most memorable line in the play although it’s a neat example of Shakespeare tucking his stage directions into the script as usual. Lear is at the very end of his life and physically weak. So he asks Kent and Edgar for a tiny bit of practical assistance.
It’s somehow fitting that the last Shakespeare of Emma Rice’s final (summer) season is King Lear. A play that shows us how the established world can change based on one rash decision will certainly have some resonance at a venue who made the decision to terminate Rice’s employment as Artistic Director so early on.