King Lear UK Tour 2016

Last Updated on 13th July 2016

King Lear Uk Tour



The Ambassador Theatre Group have announced that a new Royal and Derngate Theatre, Northampton production of Shakepeare’s greatest tragedy King Lear will tour the UK from April to July 2016.

Renowned Shakespearean actor and two time Olivier Award nominee Michael Pennington will reprise the role of King Lear after his highly acclaimed performance at the Shakespeare Center New York in 2014.

Michael will be joined by a distinguished cast of thirteen actors.

In Shakespeare’s epic tragedy, an ageing tyrant’s decision to divide his kingdom tears his family apart, sparks catastrophic civil war and destroys all that he has.

Driven from his home, King Lear endures madness, blindness and great suffering as he battles a great storm. Yet with madness he finds reason, from blindness he gains new sight, after betrayal he discovers loyalty and through his suffering a better world emerges.

The cast of King Lear also includes Beth Cooke (Cordelia), Pip Donaghy (Gloucester), Joshua Elliott (Fool), Gavin Fowler (Edgar), Scott Karim (Edmund) and Daniel O’Keefe (Oswald).

ATG Joint Chief Executive Sir Howard Panter commented: “The eyes of the world will be on Britain this year, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. To mark this significant year, we are delighted to be bringing this major new production of King Lear to so many regional British playhouses and I am particularly proud that Michael Pennington, one of the finest Shakespearian actors of our time, will be playing Lear.”

King Lear will be directed by Philip Franks.


Oxford Playhouse
Mon 25 – Sat 30 April

Theatre Royal Brighton
Tue 3 – Sat 7 May

Richmond Theatre
Mon 9 – Sat 14 May

Grand Opera House York
Mon 23 – Sat 28 May

Manchester Opera House
Tue 31 May – Sat 4 June

Theatre Royal Bath
Mon 6 – Sat 11 June

The Hall for Cornwall Truro
Mon 13 – Sat 18 June

Cambridge Arts Theatre
Mon 20 – Sat 25 June

Malvern Theatre
Mon 27 Jun – Sat 2 July

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