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King Lear

3 May, 2016 - 7 May, 2016

King Lear

Theatre Royal Brighton

Genre: Play

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

Creative team:

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)


Theatre Royal Brighton
New Road
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1SD United Kingdom
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0844 871 7650