King Lear RSC - Barbican

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Silk Street
London
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King Lear RSC

Shakespeare’s classic play King Lear returns to the stage of the Barbican in a production directed by Gregory Doran and featuring Antony Sher in the title role. Presented by the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Barbican, this will be the perfect opportunity to revisit the tragic tale of a man falling from the throne.

Doran is the Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company and directs King Lear having previously worked with Sher for Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman at the Noël Coward Theatre in 2015. His other credits include Henry IV Parts I and II at the Barbican Theatre, The Giant at the Hampstead Theatre and Black Comedy at the Donmar Warehouse in 1998.

But with King Lear he tackles the story of the titular monarch whose pride has taken a beating in old age, with his mind not what it once was. His power has already sizably diminished when he decides to distribute his estate to his children, who subsequently turn their back on him and strip him of the bonds that he once had on the throne. He is left to wander in a storm where he confronts his actions head on.

Shakespeare penned the play in the 17th century and it is thought that it was first staged in 1606, 110 years ago. Now it appears in London in the year that audiences around the world mark 400 years since The Bard’s death in 1616, with fans likely to flock to the Barbican Theatre as Antony Sher plays the iconic eponymous king.

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s King Lear runs at the Barbican Theatre from Thursday 10th November 2016.

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Booking From: Thursday, 17th November 2016
Booking Until: Thursday, 17th November 2016
Show Status: production_closed
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