King Lear

King Lear

Royal Shakespeare Company

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Shakespeare’s dynastic tragedy is a timeless tale of vanity, deception and regret.

King Lear has ruled for many years. As age begins to overtake him, he decides to divide his kingdom amongst his daughters, living out his days without the burden of power. A proud man, he allows vanity to cloud his judgment, believing that he can relinquish the crown, but enjoy the same authority and respect he has always known. Misjudging his daughters' loyalty he soon finds himself stripped of all the trappings of state, wealth and power he had taken for granted.

Starring the late Sir Antony Sher, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 2016 production captures the downfall of the aging king, left alone in the wilderness, confronting the mistakes of his life.

Powerful, moving and unmissable.

Cast & Crew

Antony Sher (King Lear), Nia Gwynee (Goneril), Natalie Simpson (Cordelia), Paapa Essiedu (Edmund), James Clyde (Duke of Cornwall), Antony Byrne (Earl of Kent), Oliver Johnstone (Edgar), (Writer), (Director)

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