Charismatic Debs Newbold: “Story Teller, Word Wrangler, Crowd-Tamer”; returns to the Victoria Hall with her acclaimed version of King Lear on Sunday 7th February at 7.30pm.

“Debs astounded us last year with her virtuoso one woman Romeo and Juliet” says Victoria Hall’s Programme Co-ordinator Caroline Green “With just voice, words and a charismatic stage presence she penetrates the very heart of Shakespeare’s plays, and catapults them back at 21st century audiences with passion, wit and guts. We had to have her back”

Debs’ new version of King Lear was created for a sell-out show at The Hay Festival and performed to acclaim at Shakespeare’s Globe. It is dark and challenging, epic and shocking, human and uplifting. In this explosive and emotive re-telling of Learn, King of the Britons, Debs channels her love of Shakespeare’s language to whip up a great storm that takes audiences and hurtles them into its bloody centre. 

Creating and performing stories is Debs Newbold’s full time job. She has a fast growing international reputation for her poetic, highly authentic and defiantly modern storytelling voice. Armed with a quick wit, an infectious laugh and a way with the audience, this is a storyteller at the top of her game. Debs has enthralled audiences at The Royal Opera House, The British Museum, The British Library and on BBC Radio and won a double nomination at the British Awards for Storytelling Excellence. She effortlessly brings together the ancient and the urban, the poetic and the irreverent, the epic and the everyday.

Tickets are £8.00 / £5.00 children and can be booked online at or by phoning 01761 438885.