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3 May, 2016 - 7 May, 2016
Theatre Royal Brighton
Booking period: Tue 3 – Sat 7 May 2016
Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Max Webster
In a major new production from the Royal & Derngate, Northampton, renowned Shakespearean actor Michael Pennington, plays the title role in a new production of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy KING LEAR, which visits Theatre Royal Brighton in May.
In Shakespeare’s epic tragedy, an ageing tyrant’s 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 and great suffering as he battles a great storm. Yet with madness he finds reason, after betrayal he discovers loyalty and through his suffering a better world emerges.
Michael Pennington has played numerous roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company in a career spanning over 50 years, and was co-founder of the English Shakespeare Company.
Recent notable performances have been as Edgar in Strindberg’s The Dance of Death, at the Gate Theatre, John of Gaunt in Richard II (RSC), and as Anthony Blunt in Alan Bennett’s Single Spies at the Rose Theatre Kingston. He played the role of Lear to great acclaim at the Shakespeare Center New York in 2014. This new production will see Michael play the role in the UK for the first time.
“In the year that marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, it’s thrilling to be directing one of his greatest tragedies, and to be working with Michael who is one of the most respected Shakespearean actors of our time. I look forward to our talented cast bringing a gripping new interpretation to audiences across the UK.” Director Max Webster
Shane Attwooll Cornwall
Catherine Bailey Goneril
Beth Cooke Cordelia
Pip Donaghy Gloucester
Reginald Edwards Burgundy
Joshua Elliott Fool
Gavin Fowler Edgar
Scott Karim Edmund
Tom McGovern Kent
Michael Pennington King Lear
Sally Scott Regan
Director Max Webster
Designer Adrian Linford
Lighting Designer Natasha Chivers
Composer and Sound Designer Matthew Bugg
Fight Director Alison de Burgh
Booking Information | King Lear
Theatre Royal Brighton
Tue 3 – Sat 7 May
Eves 7.45pm, Thu & Sat mats 2.30pm
0844 871 7650*** (bkg fees apply)