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Further casting announced for King Lear at The Old Vic Theatre

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Deborah Warner

Starring Glenda Jackson and with William Chubb, Morfydd Clark, Jane Horrocks, Rhys Ifans, Celia Imrie, Simon Manyonda and Harry Melling.

Previews from Tuesday 25 October, press night Friday 4 November 2016
Tickets on general sale from Tuesday 31 May

Further casting is today announced for King Lear, which previews from Tuesday 25 October with a press night on Friday 4 November 2016. Tickets will go on general sale on Tuesday 31 May at 12 noon.

A quarter of a century after she gave up acting for politics, double Academy Award-winning legend Glenda Jackson returns to play King Lear in Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy. She will be joined by Celia Imrie in the role of Goneril, Morfydd Clark playing Cordelia and William Chubb playing Albany alongside the previously announced Jane Horrocks, Rhys Ifans, Simon Manyonda and Harry Melling.

Glenda Jackson is a two-time Academy Award-winning actress. Her work spans theatre, film and television and she was awarded a CBE in 1978. In 1992 Glenda became a Member of Parliament, representing constituencies in Hampstead and Kilburn for 23 years. Stepping down in 2015, she has since starred in BBC Radio 4’s Emile Zola: Blood, Sex and Money (2015).

Theatre includes Marat/Sade (RSC, Broadway and Paris), Hamlet, US, Hedda Gabler and Antony and Cleopatra (all RSC), Strange Interlude (Broadway), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Los Angeles), Scenes from an Execution (Almeida), Macbeth (Broadway), The White Devil and Phedra (The Old Vic).

Film includes Women in Love (1969, Academy Award for Best Actress), The Music Lovers (1970), Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971, BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, Academy Award nominated), A Touch of Class (1973, Academy Award for Best Actress, Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, Evening Standard Award, BAFTA nominated) and Hedda (1975, Academy Award nominated).

Television includes Elizabeth R (two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress, BAFTA nominated), Mary Queen of Scots (Evening Standard Award, Golden Globe nominated) and The Patricia Neal Story (Emmy Award nominated).

William Chubb plays Albany. His theatre credits include Lawrence After Arabia (Hampstead Theatre), Waste, Great Britain, Othello, Scenes from an Execution (National Theatre), Richard II (Shakespeare’s Globe), The Vortex, A Midsummer Nights Dream, Love’s Labours Lost (Rose Theatre, Kingston), Yes Prime Minister (Chichester Festival / Gielgud Theatre), The History Boys (National Theatre) and The Sea (Theatre Royal Haymarket).

Morfydd Clark plays Cordelia. Her theatre credits include Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Donmar Warehouse), Romeo & Juliet (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield), Violence & Son (Royal Court), Blodeuwedd (Theatr Genedlaethol), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Drama Centre), The Relapse (The Drama Centre) and No Other Day Like Today (National Youth Theatre Wales).

Jane Horrocks plays Regan and has had a diverse career spanning stage, television, film and voice work. Theatre includes If You Kiss Me, Kiss Me (Young Vic), East is East (Trafalgar Studios and UK tour), Annie Get Your Gun (Young Vic), Aunt Dan and Lemon (Royal Court), The Good Soul of Szechuan (Young Vic), AbsurdPerson Singular (Garrick Theatre), Cabaret (Donmar Warehouse and West End) and The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (National Theatre and Aldwych Theatre).

Rhys Ifans plays the Fool. His work as an actor encompasses stage, television and film. Upcoming projects include the television series Berlin Station and films Snowden (2016) and Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016).

Theatre includes Protest Song (National Theatre), Don Juan in Soho, Accidental Death of an Anarchist and Bad Finger (Donmar Warehouse), Volpone and Under Milk Wood (National Theatre), Beautiful Thing (Duke of York Theatre), Thyestes (Royal Court), Smoke and Poison Pen (Manchester Royal Exchange).

Celia Imrie plays Goneril and last performed at The Old Vic in 2012 in Noises Off which transferred to the West End.

Theatre includes: Hayfever (Rose Theatre), Habeas Corpus (Donmar Warehouse), Acorn Antiques: The Musical (West End), Laughing Matters (St James Studio), Unsuspecting Susan (The King’s Head Theatre) Yerma (National Theatre) and The School For Scandal (National Theatre).

Simon Manyonda plays Edmond. He trained at LAMDA and theatre credits include Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, King Lear, Greenland and Welcome to Thebes (National Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dreaming and Julius Caesar (RSC), Giving (Hampstead), Romeo and Juliet (Sheffield Crucible), Wildfire (Hampstead), The Mamba (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Antony and Cleopatra (Liverpool Playhouse), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lyric Hammersmith), Red Peppers (Old Red Lion) and All Night I Dream of Being Good (The Yard).

Deborah Warner is a director whose work encompasses theatre, opera, film and installation. She has worked with the actress Fiona Shaw since 1989 creating over fourteen works. At 21, she founded The Kick Theatre Company and directed a season of Shakespeare plays. She was named Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government in 2013 and was made a CBE in the 2006 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Theatre includes The Testament of Mary (Broadway, Barbican), A School for Scandal and Julius Caesar (Barbican), Titus Andronicus (Olivier and Evening Standard Awards), King John and Electra (RSC), The Good Person of Sichuan, King Lear, Richard II, The Powerbook, Happy Days and Mother Courage and her Children (National Theatre), Hedda Gabler (Abbey, Playhouse Theatre, Olivier Award), Footfalls (Garrick Theatre), The Tempest and Coriolanus (Salzburg Festival), Une Maison de Poupeé (Odéon, Paris), Medea (Dublin, London and Broadway, Evening Standard Award) and a world tour of The Waste Land (Obies and Drama Desk Awards).

Cast list: Glenda Jackson (King Lear), Fiston Barek (ensemble), William Chubb (Albany), Morfydd Clark (Cordelia), Jane Horrocks (Regan), Rhys Ifans (Fool), Celia Imrie (Goneril), Simon Manyonda (Edmond), Harry Melling (Edgar), Gary Sefton (Oswald) and Clifford Rose (Old Man).

The Old Vic, The Cut, London SE1 8NB
King Lear
Tue 25 Oct – Sat 3 Dec 2016
Mon – Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm
Press night: Fri 4 Nov 7pm


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