Geoff Hoyle walks in ‘Lear’s Shadow’ at the Marsh A master clown takes on the Bard and a fool has his say about one of the great tragedies as Geoff Hoyle presents his one-man reworking of Shakespeare’s “King Lear.” “While the Fool is not exactly a bit player in ‘King Lear,’ his tangential relationship to the action and temperamental detachment makes him a prime candidate for refracting the play through his own caustic comic prism,” wrote Steve Winn in The Chronicle. Hoyle embroiders Lear’s actual speeches into his text and onstage takes on the characters of the Fool, Lear, and Lear’s daughters Goneril, Regan and Cordelia. David Ford, who developed the play with Hoyle, directs this Marsh production.

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  • Geoff Hoyle
    “Hoyle is a marvelous performer, and his delivery of actual speeches from Lear is stunning.” — KQED “Hoyle has skillfully woven Shakespeare’s text into his own treatment of the Fool, giving Lear’s Shadow the kind of depth one might not normally expect to find in a monologue.” –Talkin’ Broadway
    12/9/2018 - 7:52 am | View Website
  • Geoff Hoyle in "Lear's Shadow" | Dance Palace
    Geoff Hoyle is a renowned humorist, clown and master of physical comedy. He made his mark as the beloved clown “Mr. Sniff” in the Pickle Family Circus and originated the role of “Zasu” in the Lion King on Broadway.
    12/5/2018 - 11:41 pm | View Website
  • Fool’s game: Lear’s Shadow | Theater |
    Geoff Hoyle was trained in the French tradition of mime and physical acting, establishing his career as a clown with San Francisco’s Pickle Family Circus in the 1970s. This play
    11/27/2018 - 12:38 pm | View Website
  • Reviews of Lear's Shadow by Geoff Hoyle in San Francisco ...
    Geoff Hoyle is a master performer, and it is fitting that he would depict a Shakespearean fool who is usually the wisest character of all, a fool-foil for the anguished protagonist be it Hamlet or Lear.
    11/25/2018 - 10:06 pm | View Website
  • Reviews of Lear's Shadow by Geoff Hoyle in San Francisco ...
    Geoff Hoyle is a remarkable Shakespearean actor with a wonderful physicality and an amazing voice (from The Fool to Lear to Cordelia to the storm on the moor). This is the second time we saw Lear's Shadow-- and it was as moving as the first time....continued. reviewed Jun 04 2015 report as inappropriate
    11/21/2018 - 9:39 am | View Website
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