David Haig stars as
by William Shakespeare, directed by Lucy Bailey, designed by William Dudley
25 July - 10 August 2013
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.
ReviewsBack to top
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
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
The play takes on an immediacy I have rarely felt before...an extraordinary potent reading of the play" - EXPRESS
"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
Lucy Bailey's forceful production ... Haig's Lear, a magnificent portrayal ... a performance of extraordinary abandon and searching humanity" - THE INDEPENDENT
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
A masterful portrayal - BRISTOL POST
CastBack to top
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.