King Lear


A Royal Exchange Theatre and Talawa Theatre Company co-production in association with Birmingham Repertory Theatre

by William Shakespeare

directed by Michael Buffong

1 April – 7 May Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester - BOOK NOW

19 May – 28 May Birmingham Repertory Theatre - BOOK NOW

Following the ground-breaking and critically acclaimed co-production of ALL MY SONS in 2013, the Royal Exchange Theatre and Talawa Theatre Company once again join forces to present KING LEAR, in association with Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Talawa Artistic Director,Michael Buffong, directs acclaimed stage and screen actor Don Warrington in one of Shakespeare’s most iconic roles. The production opens at the Exchange from 1 April – 7 May and Birmingham Repertory Theatre from 16 May – 28 May.

Joining Don Warrington will be:

Debbie Korley - REGAN

Wil Johnson - KENT

Rakie Ayola – GONERIL

Pepter Lunkuse – CORDELIA

Fraser Ayres – EDMUND

Thomas Coombes – OSWALD

Philip Whitchurch - GLOUCESTER

Alfred Enoch – EDGAR

Miles Mitchell – KING OF FRANCE + ensemble

Norman Bowman – CORNWALL

Mark Springer - ALBANY

Sarah Quist – OLD WOMAN + Ensemble

Rhys Bevan – BURGUNDY + Ensemble

Miltos Yerolemou - FOOL

Sam Glen – Curan + ensemble

This powerful reading of KING LEAR is presented as part of the celebrations for Talawa’s 30th anniversary year, and 400 years after the death of Shakespeare.

Talawa Theatre Company is the UK's primary Black-led theatre company. Led by Artistic Director Michael Buffong, Talawa’s work is informed by the wealth and diversity of the Black British experience. For 30 years Talawa has created outstanding work by cultivating the best in emerging and established Black artists, investing in talent, developing audiences and inspiring dialogue with and within communities across the UK and internationally to enrich the cultural life of all.

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