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My Perfect Mind

My Perfect Mind

created by Told By An Idiot
written by Kathryn Hunter, Paul Hunter and Edward Petherbridge

A Told by an Idiot, Young Vic and Theatre Royal Plymouth co-production

3 - 27 September 2014 

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"Very funny"
The Sunday Telegraph

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“Edward Petherbridge’s greatest artistic achievement… Paul Hunter is the perfect comic foil”
The Times 

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

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

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

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The Times

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"Infected by gleeful madness"
The Guardian

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"Charming, very funny and occasionally bizarre"
Evening Standard

Acclaimed classical actor Edward Petherbridge rehearsed 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.

Click here to see what audiences have been saying about the show so far.  


Saturday matinees (except 6 Sept): 2:45pm

Running time: 90 minutes without an interval

Poetry reading: 
Thursday 25 September, 9.30pm - 10pm

'Infinity and So Forth"
This is a one off ultra brief burst of High Definition Performance Poetry by Edward Petherbridge.
A dessert after the main course of My Perfect Mind. 

All welcome. 


Tickets: £10, £19.50

A limited number of discounts are available for each performance. Early booking is advised.


Click here to find out more about the Young Vic's seating policy, and about what to expect when you arrive at the Young Vic.

Food & drink

The Cut Bar & Restaurant at the Young Vic serves an inspired mix of classic and original play-themed dishes create an exciting menu from fresh, free-range and organic ingredients. 

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In the press

Edward Petherbridge takes a break from My Perfect Mind rehearsals to tell the Ham & High about his passion for painting

BBC News meet Edward Petherbridge to discuss the poignant true story behind My Perfect Mind

Kathryn Hunter speaks to the Guardian about the greatest threat to theatre and what she's sacrificed for her art

"It's our duty to explode the moment" the Financial Times meets Told By An Idiot

Direction Kathryn Hunter
Design Michael Vale
Light Alex Wardle
Sound Gregory Clarke

Paul Hunter
Edward Petherbridge

Access performances

Captioned (Speech-to-text)
17 Sep 7.45pm

British Sign Language
22 Sep 7.45pm

Audio Described
26 Sep 7.45pm

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