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King Lear

  • 01 Apr - 23 Apr 2016 Royal
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  • Suitability: Recommended for ages 12 and above
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In association with Ambassador Theatre Group

“It will come: humanity must prey on itself, like monsters of the deep.”

An ageing tyrant’s whimsical decision to divide his kingdom tears his family apart, sparks catastrophic civil war and destroys all that he has.

Driven from his home, King Lear endures madness, blindness and great suffering as he battles a great storm. Yet with madness he finds reason, from blindness he gains new sight, after betrayal he discovers loyalty and through his suffering a better world emerges.

Four-time Olivier Award nominee Michael Pennington leads a cast of fourteen distinguished actors in Max Webster’s epic new interpretation of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy which marks the 400th anniversary of his death and tours the UK after opening at Royal & Derngate.

“PENNINGTON IS SIMPLY THE BEST, THE MOST SUBTLY CORRUPT, THE MOST CONSUMMATELY POLITICAL CLAUDIUS I HAVE EVER SEEN” SUNDAY TIMES ON SIR PETER HALL’S HAMLET

“SPLENDID WORK FROM MICHAEL PENNINGTON” DAILY TELEGRAPH ON KENNETH BRANAGH & ROB ASHFORD’S THE WINTER’S TALE

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Please note that cigarettes will be smoked on stage during this performance. If you have any concerns, please contact Box Office.

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NATIONAL TOUR SCHEDULE

 

Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Fri 1 – Sat 23 April

www.royalandderngate.co.uk

 

Oxford Playhouse

Mon 25 – Sat 30 April

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Theatre Royal Brighton

Tue 3 – Sat 7 May

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Richmond Theatre

Mon 9 – Sat 14 May

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Grand Opera House York

Mon 23 – Sat 28 May

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Manchester Opera House

Tue 31 May – Sat 4 June

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Theatre Royal Bath

Mon 6 – Sat 11 June

www.theatreroyal.org.uk

 

The Hall for Cornwall Truro

Mon 13 – Sat 18 June

www.hallforcornwall.co.uk

 

Cambridge Arts Theatre

Mon 20 – Sat 25 June 

www.cambridgeartstheatre.com

 

Malvern Theatre

Mon 27 Jun – Sat 2 July

www.malvern-theatres.co.uk

 

Reviews

Press Reviews

Whatsonstage 06/04/2016

★★★★ "EVERY SUMPTUOUS OUTFIT LOOKS BEAUTIFUL; EVERY DOUBLED PART IS SEIZED AS A NEW OPPORTUNITY FOR INTERESTING CHARACTERISATION; EVEN THE THEATRE ITSELF BECOMES A DRAMATIC BACKDROP TO ADRIAN LINFORD'S SIMPLE BUT BRILLIANTLY EFFECTIVE SET"

The Guardian 06/04/2016

"THE CLARITY OF THE STORYTELLING IS VERY GOOD INDEED"

StageReview 06/04/2016

★★★★ "MAX WEBSTER'S BROODING PRODUCTION OF KING LEAR AT THE ROYAL & DERNGATE IS DEEPLY ATMOSPHERIC"

The Reviews Hub 06/04/2016

★★★★1/2 "PENNINGTON'S LEAR SEEMS LIKE A CULMINATION OF A LIFETIME'S WORK - A PINNACLE OF A WONDERFUL CAREER ON THE STAGE"

Northampton Chronicle & Echo 06/04/2016

"THE PLAY IS PACKED WITH EXAMPLES OF ACCOMPLISHED ACTING"

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