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David Haig stars as

King Lear

by William Shakespeare, directed by Lucy Bailey, designed by William Dudley

25 July - 10 August 2013

David Haig

David Haig

King Lear

King Lear

King Lear

King Lear

King Lear

King Lear

King Lear

King Lear

King Lear

King Lear

King Lear

King Lear

Overview

ALL EVENING PERFORMANCES 7.30pm (except 31st July 7pm)

David Haig takes on one of the most famous roles in theatre when he plays King Lear in this bold new production. Directed by Lucy Bailey, this new staging of the Bard’s powerful tragedy sees the drama unfold in 1960s East London, in a violent world of dangerous rivalries, tense turf wars and explosive family feuds. This is Shakespeare as you've never seen it before with stunning projections, staggering performances and watch-through-your-fingers fight scenes make this one play not to be missed.

The ageing King Lear rewards his two oldest daughters with his kingdom when they flatter him with false praise. But his youngest daughter, Cordelia, confesses simply to love him and is banished. Too late to realise his mistake, and forced from power by his offspring, an increasingly impotent and frail Lear descends into madness.

Lucy Bailey is one of the UK’s most exciting directors who has worked extensively with Shakespeare’s Globe and the Royal Shakespeare Company for whom her recent productions have included The Taming of the Shrew and The Winter’s Tale.

Striking design by William Dudley, one of the UK’s most prolific and revered theatre designers and winner of seven Olivier Awards, will incorporate video projection and an extended stage.

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  • Reviews

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    4 Star Rating Truly scary... there are a host of startling moments ... the evening will chiefly be remembered for Haig's Lear ... an extraordinary depth of humanity and emotional truth" - DAILY TELEGRAPH

    4 Star Rating This is a Lear to treasure...The big test is the devastating finale and this is one of the simplest and most moving I’ve seen, hitting you right in the diaphragm.It’s a hell of a journey, not just through the East End of the Sixties, but also into the heart and soul of this great tragedy - DAILY MAIL

    4 Star Rating The play takes on an immediacy I have rarely felt before...an extraordinary potent reading of the play" - EXPRESS

    5 Star Rating "David Haig is, in a word, phenomenal. He delivers an impassioned, intense performance which is utterly breath-taking. This production is a testimony to Bailey's ability as a director of Shakespeare?s plays. It is highly entertaining, visually astonishing and speaks to the audience on personal and general levels ... an absolute must-see" - THE PUBLIC REVIEWS

    4 Star Rating Lucy Bailey's forceful production ... Haig's Lear, a magnificent portrayal ... a performance of extraordinary abandon and searching humanity" - THE INDEPENDENT

    4 Star Rating David Haig is an unnervingly manic Lear ... David Ganly's Kent is bluffly powerful, Samuel Edward-Cook one of the nastiest Edmunds you could ask for ... Goneril and Regan (Aislin McGuckin and Fiona Glascott) seem liberated by the setting into soap-villainesses ... remarkable" - THE TIMES

    Not only another jewel in Bath's already diamond-encrusted theatreland crown but also what could easily be one of the most talked about productions of the year  - BATH CHRONICLE

    A brilliant, mesmerizing, captivating work of genius given added vigour by David Haig’s powerful rendering of Lear - LISTOMANIA BATH

    4.5 Star Rating A masterful portrayal - BRISTOL POST

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  • Cast

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    LEAR, King of Britain - David Haig

    GONERIL, Lear's eldest daughter - Aislin McGuckin

    REGAN - Lear's middle daughter - Fiona Glascott

    CORDELIA, Lear's youngest daughter - Fiona Button

    Duke of ALBANY - Daniel Weyman

    Duke of Cornwall - Samuel Oatley

    King of FRANCE - George Beach

    Duke of BURGUNDY - Chris Fulton

    Earl of KENT - David Ganly

    Earl of GLOUCESTER - Paul Shelley

    EDGAR - William Postlethwaite

    EDMUND - Samuel Edward-Cook

    OLD MAN - Alister Cameron

    FOOL - Simon Gregor

    OSWALD - Simon Darwen

    CURAN - Peter Henderson

    SERVANT of Cornwall - Alexander James Simon

    DOCTOR - Alister Cameron

    HERALD - John Canmore

    Knights, Attendants, Messengers, Soldiers and servants played by - George Beach, Alister Cameron, John Canmore, Chris Fulton, Peter Henderson & Alexander James Simon.

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  • Info

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    Performance Times

    Monday – Saturday 7.30pm Press Night Wednesday 31 July 7pm
    Thursday Matinees: 1, 8 August 2.30pm Saturday Matinees: 27 July, 3, 10 August 2.30pm

    Monday – Saturday 7.30pm Press Night Wednesday 31 July 7pm

    Thursday Matinees: 1, 8 August 2.30pm Saturday Matinees: 27 July, 3, 10 August 2.30pm

    Prices

    Mon – Fri eves and Sat mat: £19.00 £24.50 £26.50 £29.50 £31.50

    Sat eve: £21.50 £25.50 £27.50 £30.50 £33.50

    Thur mat: £17.50 £23.00 £25.00 £29.00 £30.00

    £2.50 transaction fee when booking online, plus an additional £1.00 postage fee, if required.

    £3.25 transaction fee when booking by phone with card, plus an additional £1.00 postage fee, if required.

    Please note the ticket price includes a £1.50 Building Levy.

     

    RUNNING TIME: Approximately 3 hours, including interval.

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