The actor believes King Lear is based on man with Lewy body dementia

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Actor believes King Lear was based on man with Lewy Body dementia

Simon Russell Beale actor Shakespeare’s King Lear believes could have been based on a man living with Lewy bodies dementia, the Daily Telegraph.

Mr. Russell Beale is playing the classic character in Sam Mendes production at the National Theatre. In order to enter the party took the gestures of King Lear and cross-references them to medical research.

The tragic story is considered one of Shakespeare’s best and talks about how the title character descends into madness after delivering his crown and roots.

Speaking at a launch event on Wednesday (Feb. 5), Russell Beale said he wanted to look at what might have been behind the king of fiction who suffer fear, anger, a trembling hand and hallucinations.

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“In this, I thought bet Shakespeare, being the keen observer of human nature that is, we have studied the old” he said. “I thought :.’ll do a little research”

nephew of Russell Beale is currently training in geriatrics Hospital of St. Bartholomew and was able to discuss fundamentals of dementia for a lunch, before a specialist is consulted to give the actor a greater understanding event.

veteran actress, who was described by the Independent as “actor greatest of his generation theater” has previously had roles in Shakespeare’s play Troilus and Cressida, Richard III and the storm, but this was the first time he had carried out this type of in-depth research on a character.

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Lewy bodies often patients can experience “sudden outburst rate” and Russell Beale believes that this “Lear tie seemed very well.”

About ten percent of the approximately 820,000 people living with some form of dementia in the UK have Lewy bodies.

condition involves symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s, with delusions, agitation, aggression, tremors and hallucinations being common. It seems to affect men and women equally.

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