About King Lear - Old Vic

Old Vic, London
Booking to 3 December 2016
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Shakespeare’s King Lear starring Glenda Jackson at the Old Vic Theatre.

Double Oscar award winning actress and former MP Glenda Jackson makes a dramatic return to the stage following a 25-year absence to play King Lear in Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy, alongside an outstanding company including Jane Horrocks, Rhys Ifans, Simon Manyonda and Harry Melling.

Directed by Deborah Warner, King Lear runs from 25 October 2016 until 3 December 2016 at the Old Vic.


Shakespeare’s tragedy depicts the gradual descent into madness of King Lear.

An aged king decides to divide his kingdom between his three daughters, according to which of them is most eloquent in praising him. His favourite, Cordelia, says nothing.


The cast features Glenda Jackson (King Lear), Celia Imrie (Goneril), Morfydd Clark (Cordelia), Jane Horrocks (Regan), Rhys Ifans (Fool), Harry Melling (Edgar), William Chubb (Albany), Simon Manyonda (Edmond), Clifford Rose (Old Man), Gary Sefton (Oswald) and Fiston Barek (Ensemble).


Shakespeare’s King Lear is directed by Deborah Warner.


★★★★ A ferocious, unflinching performance that transcends gender and puts her among the best Lears – The Guardian
★★★★ Glenda Jackson’s performance will be talked about for years – Daily Telegraph
★★★★ You simply can’t believe that Jackson has not been on stage for 25 years – The Independent
★★★★ A remarkable act of stamina, memory and emotional reserves – The Stage

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Performance dates
Booking to 3 December 2016

Venue Information

Old Vic, Waterloo Road, London, SE1 8NB
Nearest Tube or Train: Waterloo (Jubilee line, Northern line, Bakerloo line)
Nearest Buses: 1, 68, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 501

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