King Joffrey was certainly a theatrical kid with a love of spectacle (well, extreme violence) and it turns out that the man behind the nightmarish Game of Thrones monarch loves being centre stage too. Except in a very different, totally non-evil way.
Since actor Jack Gleeson left the epic HBO show, he’s been directing and starring in a play called Bears in Space with three friends he met while studying at Trinity College in Dublin.
He’s had Hollywood blockbuster offers but has turned them down in favour of his own comedy project. “The offers came in, but I just had a lack of desire to do a big action movie,” he told the Evening Standard. “What I enjoy most is this kind of thing, where I can have fun with my friends.”
“My real interest is in creating something from the ground up. I never say never to anything, but for the time being I get far more fulfilment from being part of a project that I have helped create and have more of a stake in.”
So, this show… It’s literally about bears in space, “hurtling toward the impossibly distant limits of the universe, and the villainous beings who chase them.” It involves puppets, comedy and, well, lots of other surreal stuff.
Here’s an image of Gleeson in the play when it was first performed at the Edinburgh Festival last year, where it got good reviews.
Fancy seeing King Joffrey in a play about cryogenic cosmonaut bears, then? Of course you do. The play is being performed by Gleeson’s Collapsing Horse Theatre Company at The Soho Theatre from Monday 3rd August.
And if you do go, make sure you’re not late. Joffrey won’t be pleased…