King Joffrey Has Gone Soft

Jack Gleeson was one of the world’s hottest young actors when he left the HBO juggernaut “Game of Thrones” last year, but he turned his back on Hollywood and returned to Dublin to write and produce a family stage show with his friends from college. He is currently squeezed onto a sofa with three of those friends, his arms periodically coming to rest on their shoulders, as he excitedly describes “Bears in Space,” which will open in London next month before a planned transfer to the U.S. in 2016. The allegorical puppet show, aimed at audiences aged “9 to 90,” is about the enduring power of friendship. “I wouldn’t associate it with what I do on Game of Thrones at all,” said Gleeson. “It’s just a completely different thing.”

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