FROM FOOL TO KING
"Antony Sher is unbearably moving as the volatile king, in Gregory Doran’s stellar production full of standout performances", Michael Billington, Guardian, 2 September 2016.
Following his critically acclaimed performance as Willy Loman in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, Antony Sher played King Lear, one of the greatest parts written by Shakespeare. In 1982 he had been a memorable red-nosed Fool to Michael Gambon's Lear in Adrian Noble's production.
Sher's Lear made a spectacular entrance carried on a transparent litter to the sound of ritual chanting. On his throne, he presented an impressive but isolated figure, seated in front of a gleaming copper disc, which resembled the sun. Niki Turner's set and costume designs emphasised the pagan setting of the production.
When the show opened in Stratford-upon-Avon, 24 local Midlands men were cast in the non-speaking roles of Lear's followers.
Directed by Artistic Director Gregory Doran, the production played at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Barbican in London in 2016, as well as being broadcast to cinemas worldwide.
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