Sher back at RSC as Lear – but only for three weeks

Published: 19 May 2018
Reporter: Steve Orme

Antony Sher is to reprise his role as King Lear at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford for only three weeks.

RSC artistic director Gregory Doran’s production played at London’s Barbican Theatre in 2016. Before its Stratford return it had a three-week run at New York’s Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Many members of the original cast will return, including David Troughton (Gloucester) and Antony Byrne (Kent).

The cast also includes Romayne Andrews (servant), James Clyde (Cornwall), James Cooney (servant), Patrick Elue (Burgundy), Kevin N Golding (Curan), Tracy-Anne Green (servant), Nia Gwynne (Goneril), Oliver Johnstone (Edgar), Whitney Kehinde (messenger), Byron Mondahl (Oswald), Mimi Ndiweni (Cordelia), Esther Niles (messenger), John Omole (Lear’s gentleman), Clarence Smith (Albany), Buom Tihngang (Edmund), Graham Turner (Fool), Ewart James Walters (old man) and Kelly Williams (Regan).

The original King Lear creative team returns, with set and costumes designed by Niki Turner, lighting by Tim Mitchell and movement by Michael Ashcroft. Sound is by Jonathan Ruddick and music is composed by Ilona Sekacz. The fights are by Bret Yount.

King Lear runs in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre from Wednesday 23 May until Saturday 9 June.