King Lear

Royal Shakespeare Company
by William Shakespeare

10 November 2016 - 23 December 2016 / 19:15, 19:00, 13:30

RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran directs Antony Sher in one of the greatest parts ever written by Shakespeare.

King Lear has ruled for many years. As age overtakes him, he decides to divide his kingdom among his children, living out his days without the burden of power. Allowing vanity to cloud his judgement, he believes he can relinquish the crown while enjoying the same authority and respect he has always known.

Misjudging his children’s loyalty, he soon finds himself stripped of all the trappings of state he has taken for granted. Alone in the wilderness, he is left to confront his mistakes. Sher, who has made a series of classical stage roles his own, joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1982, playing the Fool in a production of King Lear that transferred from Stratford-upon-Avon to the Barbican. Today he revisits both stages in the title part.

running time 3 hours 15 mins/ including a 20 min interval

22 Nov
Post-show talk

Free to same-day ticket holders

26 Nov, 1.30pm
Audio-described performance
(Touch Tour from 11.30am)

9 Dec, 7.15pm
Captioned performance


Presented by the Barbican


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