Think you're tough enough to be one of Lear's Knights?

Thanks for your enquiry about Lear's Knights, but applications are now closed. 
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'Here do you keep a hundred knights and squires,
Men so disorder'd, so debauched and bold,
That this our court, infected with their manners,
Shows like a riotous inn'
King Lear, Act 1, Scene 4

We are looking for 24 people over the age of 18 who live in London to be extras in our autumn production of King Lear. As well as performing on stage with Antony Sher and Paapa Essiedu, the successful Knights will experience how we put on a show at the RSC.

"This is a wonderful opportunity to be part of an exciting ensemble supporting world class actors" - Anna Girvan, Assistant Director of King Lear.

What would be required?

We are running two taster sessions to give you an insight into what is involved in being one of Lear’s Knights. Assistant Director, Anna Girvan and other members of the creative team will be running sessions on stage fighting, movement, singing and acting. There will also be plenty of opportunity to ask us any questions about what performing will be like. There will be a payment for participating in the production.

When will I be needed?

The play is performing at the Barbican, London between 10 November and 23 December 2016. It is not on every night and you will not be needed at every performance.

You will also be needed at five skills workshops on 31 October, 1,2,3 and 4 November to introduce you to the production and to ensure you can take part safely.

Where do I have to get to?

All sessions take place in London and the performances are at the Barbican, London. 


We are running the taster sessions on 8 October in South London. If you enjoy the session we will ask you to let us know that you would like to join the cast and we will be in touch to confirm that we can offer you a place as a Knight. 

 If you are interested in coming to the taster session please complete our registration form.

Extras from our 2012 Julius Caesar production
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Still not sure? 

We ran a similar project back in 2012 for Julius Caesar which included a Community Chorus. This is what they said about the experience:

  • "It was one of the best experiences. I will treasure it for a very long time. From the time, I attended the first audition… all the promises, of care and attention was delivered and some!" - George
  • "It was roller coaster experience of delight from the first magical meeting at RSC when it was filled with strangers up to the last uproarious performance of Julius Caesar on the grandest stage of England" - Koulombis

More questions?

Email us at if you have any questions about being one of Lear's Knights.

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