King Lear

William Shakespeare

Gregory Doran directs Antony Sher in one of the greatest parts ever written by Shakespeare

  • Royal Shakespeare Theatre


    20 Aug - 15 Oct 2016

  • Barbican Theatre


    10 Nov - 23 Dec 2016

  • In Cinemas

    From 12 October 2016

  • Running time:

    To be confirmed

Next performance:

20 August, 7:15PM

Royal Shakespeare Theatre

King Lear has ruled for many years. As age begins to overtake him, he decides to divide his kingdom amongst his children, living out his days without the burden of power. 

A proud man, he allows vanity to cloud his judgment, believing that he can relinquish the crown, but enjoy 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, wealth and power he had taken for granted.

Alone in the wilderness he is left to confront the mistakes of a life that has brought him to this point. Following his performance as Willy Loman in Arthur Miller’s great 20th century American tragedy Death of a Salesman, Antony Sher returns to play King Lear, one of the greatest parts written by Shakespeare. The production is directed by Artistic Director Gregory Doran.

Following a run at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, King Lear will transfer to London's Barbican for a limited season from 10 November - 23 December 2016.