King Lear at the Almeida

Attenborough’s full King Lear cast announced

Published June 29, 2012

Full casting has been announced for Michael Attenborough’s forthcoming production of King Lear which will star Jonathan Pryce in the legendary leading role.

The production will open at the Almeida theatre on 11 September, following previews from 31 August, and plays as part of the World Shakespeare Festival.

Playing Lear’s daughters are Phoebe Fox (Cordelia), who won the 2011 Evening Standard Outstanding Newcomer Award for her performance in As You Like It at the Rose theatre, Jenny Jules (Regan), who returns to the venue after performing in The Homecoming, Big White Fog and Ruined, and Zoe Waites (Goneril) who has appeared in Mrs Klein and The Play About The Baby at the venue.

Also returning to the much-lauded Islington venue to appear in the production are Kieran Bew (Reasons To Be Pretty, The Knot Of The Heart), Richard Hope (When The Rain Stops Falling) and Clive Wood (Filumena).

Making their Almeida debuts in the company are Michael Byrne (Death And The Maiden and New World Order at the Royal Court), Benjamin Dilloway (Step 9 Of 12 and Mercury Fur at the Trafalgar Studios 2), Steven Elliot (Frankenstein and The Winter’s Tale at the NT), Ian Gelder (His Dark Materials and Stuff Happens at the NT), Richard Goulding (Posh at the Duke of York’s theatre), Barry McCarthy (A Round-Heeled Woman at the Aldwych theatre), Chook Sibtain (Romeo And Juliet at the RSC) and Alix Wilton Regan (To Kill A Mockingbird at the Tricycle theatre).

King Lear is one of William Shakespeare’s most powerful dramas, charting Lear’s descent into madness after the tragic misjudgement of his daughter Cordelia. The production will play following the venue’s annual Almeida Festival which will present works from some of the most exciting theatre companies from across the country from 2 to 28 July.

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