1st April – 28th May 2016
A Royal Exchange Theatre and Talawa Theatre Company co-production in association with Birmingham Repertory Theatre.
King Lear played to sell out houses at the Royal Exchange Theatre from 1 April to 7 May 2016, Manchester and at Birmingham Repertory Theatre from 19 to 28 May 2016.
Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Michael Buffong
The free resource pack below helps schools and colleges get the most out of the show:
Who is it that can tell me who I am?
In an ancient Britain bound by loyalty to the clan and the power of the sword, King Lear decides to give up his crown. As he divides the kingdom between his daughters, family ties disintegrate, order disappears and the land slides into chaos.
Shakespeare’s brutal portrait of one man’s unwinding sanity takes us from the heart of power to the cold and barren world of the outsider. It pitches Lear against his children, against nature and against the universe itself.
This powerful reading of King Lear stars Don Warrington
in the title role and is presented as part of the celebrations for
Talawa’s 30th anniversary year, and 400 years after the death of
Michael Buffong, Artistic Director, Talawa Theatre Company
"This is an epic story of extremes in which families fight, tear each other apart and are pitted against the elements. It takes us back to an old world that’s searching for answers to questions about our very existence."
- Jonathan Keenan
What Critics Said
DIRECTOR Michael Buffong
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Daniel Bailey
DESIGNER Signe Beckmann
LIGHTING DESIGNER Johanna Town
COMPOSER & SOUND DESIGNER Tayo Akinbode
MOVEMENT Coral Messam
FIGHT DIRECTOR Kevin McCurdy
KING LEAR Don Warrington
GONERIL Rakie Ayola
REGAN Debbie Korley
CORDELIA Pepter Lunkuse
DUKE OF ALBANY Mark Springer
DUKE OF CORNWALL Norman Bowman
KING OF FRANCE Miles Mitchell
DUKE OF BURGUNDY/ENSEMBLE Rhys Bevan
EARL OF GLOUCESTER Philip Whitchurch
EDGAR Alfred Enoch
EDMUND Fraser Ayres
EARL OF KENT Wil Johnson
FOOL Miltos Yerolemou
OSWALD Thomas Coombes
CURAN/ENSEMBLE Sam Glen
OLD WOMAN/ENSEMBLE Sarah Quist