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King Lear


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:

Download - King Lear Resource Pack


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 Shakespeare.

  • 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

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