The King is dying but will not admit it. 400 years ago, he could control the weather and move people’s minds. Now he is truly an old man refusing to accept the inevitable, whose first wife wants him to face the madness and decay that come with the death looming over him. His second wife offers the comfort of pretence that it is not happening.
Exit the King was first performed in the UK in 1962. The new Theatre of the Absurd was at its height and Alec Guinness took the title role. Empire or Europe, now – as then, nations are letting go of each other and of themselves.
Exit the King explores the meaning of those exits: both personal and collective.
Performances: 14th – 20th December 2020