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Gregory Doran (Photo: Ellie Kurttz)

Gregory Doran (Photo: Ellie Kurttz)

RSC casts local residents in King Lear

First Published 17 August 2016, Last Updated 17 August 2016

The Royal Shakespeare Company has recruited “extras” from across the midlands to star in the forthcoming production of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy.

Members of the public will be joining Olivier Award winner Anthony Sher in King Lear this Autumn, during its run in Stratford-upon-Avon. Following a succession of taster workshops earlier this summer, the 24 Stratford locals will play various roles in the production, including Lear’s knights, soldiers and vagrants.

RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran commented: ‘It felt like a wonderful opportunity to engage with the local community…to bring to life these ‘debauched and bold’ knights. It is going to be very exciting to watch our supporting cast of twenty-four Midlanders bring a new energy and life to one of Shakespeare’s most celebrated plays.’

King Lear runs at The Royal Shakespeare Theatre until 12th October, before transferring to the Barbican Theatre from 10 November – 23 December as part of the RSC London season, along with Dr Faustus, The Alchemist and Cymbeline. For more information and to book tickets, visit the official website.


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