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The Long Life & Great Good Fortune of John Clare

Tue 12 Feb 2013 - Thu 18 Apr 2013

The story of the Peasant Poet

We think we know all about John Clare - 'innocent poet' sent to the asylum by the evil Doctor Skrimshire'.

On the one hand he was an admired chronicler of change and recorder of Nature, an eco-warrior for his time, railing against the enclosure land-grabbers. But we also see him as someone robbed of his birthright, the patsy of publishers and professionals and a madman unfairly locked up for his visions.

Clare is remembered for his life more than his poetry - lime-burner, labourer, womaniser, walker, visionary lunatic - with his experiences increasingly used as a yardstick for our own issues. But, in Tony Ramsay's play, a new John Clare emerges, set free from the story of his life.

Richard Sandells

Henry Devas

Louise Mai Newberry


Tony Ramsay


Ivan Cutting