My Perfect Mind


Produced by

Theatre Royal Plymouth, Told by an Idiot, and Young Vic

Written by

Kathryn Hunter, Paul Hunter and Edward Petherbridge


Acclaimed classical actor Edward Petherbridge rehearsed for the role of King Lear – then a major stroke left him barely able to move. As he struggled to recover, he made a discovery: the entire role of Lear still existed word for word in his mind.

Directed by Kathryn Hunter and performed by Edward Petherbridge and Paul Hunter, this is a moving and comic exploration of the resilience of the human spirit through the prism of Shakespeare’s great tragedy. My Perfect Mind celebrated Told by an Idiot’s twentieth anniversary as one of the UK’s leading and most inventive touring companies


Theatre Royal Plymouth
Thursday 14th February – Saturday 2nd March 2013

Young Vic, London
03 – 27 September 2014

Tobacco Factory, Bristol
30 September – 04 October 2014

West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds
15 – 18 October 2014

Unity Theatre, Liverpool
21 – 25 October 2014

Birmingham Repertory Theatre
04 – 08 November 2014

Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
11 – 15 November 2014

Teatre Lliure, Barcelona
20 & 21 November 2014


"Like watching a masterclass on King Lear under the influence of LSD"
Daily Telegraph

"Bonkers, borderline offensive... highly amusing"
Time Out

"Hilarious, haunting, superbly directed by Kathryn Hunter"
The Independent


Edward Petherbridge

Paul Hunter

Creative Team

Kathryn Hunter

Michael Vale

Lighting Design
Alex Wardle

Sound Design
Gregory Clarke