The return of Shakespeare’s classic play King Lear would ordinarily be enough to entice audiences to the capital, particularly in this 400th Anniversary year of Shakespeare’s death. But for this new production headed to the Old Vic Theatre there’s the added bonus of seeing Glenda Jackson in the title role as she returns to the acting world and stars alongside performers such as Jane Horrocks and Rhys Ifans.
With a stellar cast, a fitting celebratory year, a prestigious venue and one of Shakespeare’s most beloved plays, this has the makings of a truly special theatrical event.
King Lear, of course, focuses on the eponymous monarch as old rage arrives and the mind is left sizably diminished. Lear’s power and pride have taken beatings and it is only going to get worse when it comes to matters of the estate. These actions leave with him with nothing as he wanders through a storm and confronts his actions head on.
It is considered Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy and one that still resonates with audiences over four centuries later. Now, with Glenda Jackson in the title role, this will be a truly special event for lovers of the 17th century text.
Joining her is Jane Horrocks, a performer whose links to the West End and the big screen make her an equally exciting casting choice. Best known for The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice in the West End in the early 1990s, which spawned the film adaptation Little Voice later in the decade, she has also accumulated credits like East Is East at the Trafalgar Studios, Annie Get Your Gun at the Young Vic Theatre and Absurd Person Singular at the Garrick Theatre, as well as Absolutely Fabulous and Chicken Run.
In addition to Jackson, Horrocks and the mentioned Rhys Ifans, the cast also includes Harry Melling and Simon Manyonda.
King Lear is at the Old Vic Theatre from Tuesday 25th October 2016.
|Booking From:||Wednesday, 23rd November 2016|
|Booking Until:||Wednesday, 23rd November 2016|
|Wednesday, 23 Nov, 2016||Old Vic Theatre, London||King Lear - The Old Vic|
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