31 Aug 2012 - 03 Nov 2012

King Lear

By William Shakespeare

Directed By Michael Attenborough

£8-£32

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Our Artistic Director, Michael Attenborough, brings Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy to the intimacy of the Almeida stage.

When Lear asks each of his daughters to profess their love for him, he is flattered by the false hyperbole of Regan and Goneril. When his youngest daughter Cordelia confesses to love him simply as a daughter should, his pride is dented and he casts her out of his kingdom.

Too late to realise his mistake, and forced from power by his offspring, an increasingly impotent and frail Lear descends into madness.

Award-winning actor Jonathan Pryce plays the title role in a production that forms part of the World Shakespeare Festival, which is produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company for London 2012 Festival.

Dates & Tickets

Previews Fri 31 August - Thurs 6 September
Press Night Tue 11 September (7pm)

Evening performances 7.30pm
Saturday matinees 2.30pm from 15 September 

Running time is approximately 3 hours including a 20 minute interval.
Latecomers may not be admitted; likewise if you leave the auditorium during the performance you may not be able to return.

Day Seats
A limited number of seats will be released each day at 11am.


ASSISTED PERFORMANCES

King Lear | Dates and Tickets |Caption Performance Captioned Tue 9 October, 7.30pm
Audio-described Sat 20 October, 2.30pm (Touch Tour at 1pm)

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Kieran returns to the Almeida having previously appeared in Michael Attenborough’s productions of Reasons To Be Pretty and The Knot of the Heart. He has recently completed the run of After Miss Julie at the Young Vic.

Theatre includes: The House of Special Purpose (Chichester Festival Theatre); Richard II (Old Vic).

Television inlcudes: Whitechapel; Inspector George Gently; Waking The Dead; Silent Witness; Personal Affairs; Crusoe; The Street; Whistleblower; Spooks.

Film includes: 1234; Green Street.

King Lear Rehearsal Photos

King Lear Rehearsal Photos

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King Lear Rehearsal Photos

 “…Michael Attenborough’s fine production…pacey, vital and beautifully spoken…”

Time Out

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 “…he’s [Jonathan Pryce] simply brilliant... It’s horrible, it’s beautiful, it’s what you come to Lear to see.”

The Times

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“…Michael Attenborough’s carefully charted production…”

The Independent

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“The thing you notice…is Mr Pryce’s beautiful verse-speaking. It is not ostentatious. The lines just trip out of him and you can hear them as though for the first time.”

Daily Mail

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“ A striking, sharp, sexually charged Lear…he [Jonathan Pryce] gives a striking individualistic performance in a carefully considered production directed by Michael Attenborough… that leaves you in a state of quiet admiration.…(Phoebe) Fox…makes Cordelia a refreshingly ballsy figure…Zoe Waites and Jenny Jules lend Goneril and Regan a palpable sense of inherited wrong and resentment.”

The Guardian

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“Michael Attenborough’s production is lucid, well-spoken and confidently paced… On a fine, forbidding set by Tom Scutt, it feels loaded with imagery of furtiveness and repression – but has a satisfying directness.”

Evening Standard

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Daily Express

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Financial Times

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 “Pryce’s performance is rich, devastating and without doubt among the very best.”

Mail on Sunday

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Metro

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Independent on Sunday

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“Pryce becomes both thrilling and deeply moving…brilliantly captures both the torment and the sudden glimmers of truth that Lear discovers in his insanity…Ian Gelder is excellent as Kent and Trevor Fox as a touching Geordie Fool... Clive Wood on splendid form”

The Daily Telegraph

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"Pryce gives a brilliant performance... the staging is wonderful - and, in the second half, beautiful."

Front Row, BBC 4

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"Trevor Fox's Geordie Fool is wonderfully caustic and weary; Jon Clark's intricate lighting captures characters on the heah as if lighting were the brush of an old master."

The Observer

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"A very fresh production... very moving, very strong and beautifully clear... Pryce is terrific... Richard Goulding very affecting... Kieran Bew, terrific, delicious."

BBC Radio 4 Saturday Review

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Additional information

Running time is approximately 3 hours including a 20 minute interval.

Cast & Creatives

Ian Gelder

Clive Wood

Kieran Bew

Jonathan Pryce

Zoe Waites

Jenny Jules

Phoebe Fox
Richard Hope
Chook Sibtain
Andrew Nolan
Ben Dilloway
Richard Goulding
Steven Elliott
Barry McCarthy
Trevor Fox
Christopher Tester
Alix Wilton Regan

Director Michael Attenborough
Design Tom Scutt
Lighting Jon Clark
Sound and Music Dan Jones
Casting Julia Horan
Fight Director Terry King
Movement Imogen Knight
Magic Consultant Paul Kieve
Assistant Director Alex Crampton

 

 

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