The Independent London Newspaper
14th December 2017

Actor who lost leg in 7/7 bombings to take on lead role in King Lear

    David Gardner was injured in the Edgware Road tube bombing on 7/7

    Published: 17 November, 2016
    By TOM FOOT

    AN actor who lost one of his legs in the 7/7 bombings is preparing to play the lead role in a Shakespeare production that has stirred memories of his late father.

    David Gardner will appear in the Hampstead Players production of King Lear in Hampstead Parish Church in Church Row. 

    A few months before the attacks in 2007, Mr Gardner had flown to South Africa with his brother to visit his sick father, a doctor, whose Alzheimer’s condition had worsened.

    Mr Gardner, who was injured in the bombing of Edgware Road tube station in July 2005, said: “At Heathrow I had bought a Penguin paperback of King Lear and read it intensely on the flight. We arrived just hours after Dad died, two days short of his 83rd birthday.  

    “Ever since, I have wanted to tackle this great tragedy with the Hampstead Players, though nervous of my fitness for it.”

    It is the first time Mr Gardner has directed and acted in a production since the Players’ production of Julius Caesar in 2007.

    He said: “It is a challenging play to undertake but a popular one this year, with a number of professional productions, including one with our ex-MP Glenda Jackson.” 

    Former MP Glenda Jackson as Lear

    He added that he had lost a bit of weight during the production and was looking forward to shaving off his “dodgy beard” after the play’s run ends. 

    The play runs from November 24-26 with a matinee on the Saturday.

     

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