King Lear
Drama

Barbican

King Lear

10 Nov 2016 - 23 Dec 2016

£10.00 - £75.00

Pro reviewers rating
11 reviews

3.7 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
0 reviews

0.0 out of 5.0

  • Synopsis
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King Lear has ruled for many years. As age overtakes him, he decides to divide his kingdom among his children, living out his days without the burden of power. Allowing vanity to cloud his judgement, he believes he can relinquish the crown while enjoying the same authority and respect he has always known.

Misjudging his children’s loyalty, he soon finds himself stripped of all the trappings of state he has taken for granted. Alone in the wilderness, he is left to confront his mistakes.

Sher joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1982, playing the Fool in a production of King Lear that transferred from Stratford-upon-Avon to the Barbican. Today he revisits both stages in the title part.

Barbican [Off West End]

“Sher himself is as monumental as the role... a very fine Lear, with a terrific performance at its heart. ”

What's on Stage (Other reviewers)

“Doran characteristically drills down to the odd, unsettling essence of the text... Sher, as ever, hard to take your eyes off. ”

Libby Purves (TheatreCat, Times)

“A mightily impressive performance... in a production bolted together with clarity, insight and a relish for the monumental. ”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“If ever a man were asking to be brought down to earth, it’s Sher’s King Lear... Remarkable. ”

Dominic Maxwell (The Times)

“Exceptional... Doran’s production is strong, bold and clear... In Sher it also boasts a Lear fit to rank with the finest. ”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Unfolds with great clarity and confidence and boldness of gesture... Sher is magnificent... Packed with very good performances. ”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“A welcome production that gives proper definition to Lear’s rabble-rousing knights... One-nil to the RSC.”

Fiona Mountford (Evening Standard)

“Draws you in, makes you feel that Lear is a real man and (scarily) that we can see our world in his.”

Ann Treneman (Times)

“Sher's Lear feels physically subdued but Gregory Doran's old-fashioned production eventually delivers. ”

Mark Shenton (The Stage, Express)

“Doran ensures there’s a pleasing narrative clarity, but doesn’t always locate the power of Shakespeare’s tragedy. ”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“Fluent... Sher... is the prisoner of his own astuteness, always slightly contained... Though he crumbles he does not crack. ”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

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