WARNING: this blog contains spoilers, but only if you’re really behind with ‘Game of Thrones’.
‘Two cosmonaut bears on a spaceship hurtling toward the impossibly distant limits of the universe’ is a storyline to catch your eye. But the news that it’s the description of a play that’s been performed by erstwhile ‘Game of Thrones’ star Jack Gleeson, aka Joffrey Baratheon, aka the man who suffered one of the most gruesome yet satisfying on-screen deaths of recent years, is what’s really guaranteed to make you sit down, shut up and listen in.
Gleeson’s bulging bloodshot eyes had us both grimacing and gleefully yelping ‘Finally!’ from our sofas as we watched his horrendous Joffrey die awfully in series four of ‘Game of Thrones’. But the actor clearly wanted to leave the nasty-ass boy king far behind him, as his return to the stage following the series is this madcap comedy puppet show ‘Bears in Space’ at Soho Theatre this August. In it, the two bears are running from outlaws across space, while learning a heart-warming lesson or two about the need for friendship no matter where you are. We’re wagering the audience will be 50-50 ‘Game of Thrones’ lovers and punters who just like it wacky.
'Bears in Space' is at Soho Theatre August 4-25.