There is now limited availability for all remaining performances of King Lear, please call Box Office for information on returns 0844 871 7628.
‘’Tis the time’s plague when madmen lead the blind.’
Leading an outstanding company, double Academy Award-winning legend Glenda Jackson returns to the stage to play King Lear, a quarter of a century after she gave up acting for politics.
Written during a period of great social upheaval, Shakespeare’s brutal masterpiece is arguably the greatest tragedy ever written. The fatal consequences of a foolish decision are explored in haunting poetry to create one of the most moving works in the English language.
VOICES OFF talks and debates:
Is Ripeness All? – pre-show debate – Thu 17 Nov, 5.15pm
Lear and Daughters – post-show talk – Fri 25 Nov, approx. 10.45pm
Tue 25 Oct – Sat 3 Dec 2016
(Previews Tue 25 Oct – Thu 3 Nov)
Mon – Sat 7pm; Wed & Sat 1pm
Extra matinee added on Sat 26 Nov at 1pm
[Please note there are no matinee performances on 26 Oct, 29 Oct, 2 Nov, 5 Nov, 9 Nov, 16 Nov, 30 Nov]
Recommended for ages 15+. This production includes flashing light, full frontal nudity and moderate violence.
Running time: approximately 3hrs 30mins including a 20-minute interval
Captioned Performance: Fri 25 Nov 7pm
Audio Described Performance: Tue 22 Nov 7pm, touch tour 5.30pm
TICKETS: £12, £16, £21, £30, £55, £65
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She is tremendous in the role. In an uncanny way, she transcends gender. What you see, in Deborah Warner’s striking modern-dress production is an unflinching, non-linear portrait of the volatility of old age
Glenda Jackson is tremendous as King Lear. No ifs, no buts. In returning to the stage at the age of 80, 25 years after her last performance… she has pulled off one of those 11th-hour feats of human endeavour that will surely be talked about for years to come
Jean Kalman’s crystalline lighting, Mel Mercier’s sound design, and the projection work of 59 Productions transmit a visual apocalypse
Warner’s minimalist, modern-dress staging… is absolute theatre; both real and fiction; the thing itself and its shadow
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