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Royal Shakespeare Company

King Lear

William Shakespeare

Read the reviews for Gregory Doran's production of King Lear

  • Barbican Theatre

    London

    Until 23 Dec 2016

  • In Cinemas

  • Running time:

    2 hrs 55 mins + 20 mins interval

★★★★

Antony Sher is unbearably moving as the volatile king, in Gregory Doran’s stellar production full of standout performances

Guardian

Exceptional... Gregory Doran’s production is strong, bold and clear

Guardian

Paapa Essiedu is a first-rate Edmund, filled with the mocking irony of the born outsider

Guardian

Antony Byrne endows Kent with the right saucy roughness

guardian

★★★★

Antony Sher’s monumental King Lear is a crowning achievement in his career

telegraph

A production that is bolted together with clarity, insight and a relish for the monumental

telegraph

Incredibly moving

telegraph

Paapa Essiedu reconfirms the promise of his Hamlet… sweetly sardonic and strangely likeable in his villainy

telegraph

David Troughton gives us a refreshingly nasty Gloucester

telegraph

★★★★

Doran’s production is a revelation

times

Sher offers such a vivid impression of power fading that you can feel how a mind would warp itself to make sense of such a decline

times

Niki Turner’s design is simple and striking

Times

Graham Turner is an exceptional Fool

times

Sher’s final moments are simple and moving

Times

Doran’s production is a revelation

times

★★★★

The RSC’s exceptional enactment of the classical King Lear

Daily Mail

Sir Antony’s performance has the grandeur you would expect of a theatrical knight

Daily Mail

A thorough, competent, thoughtful, multi-layered Lear

daily mail

Graham Turner’s pale-faced Fool is touchingly done

daily mail

★★★★

Sher is magnificent

independent

A production by Gregory Doran that unfolds with great clarity and confidence and boldness of gesture

independent

★★★★

Sher’s Lear, even at his most ridiculous is dignified

financial times

Oliver Johnstone as Edgar is plausible both in his mad disguise and when he breaks character

financial times

Paapa Essiedu is an articulate, charismatic, chilling Edmund

financial times

★★★★

Doran’s impressive new production… is filled with fascinating insights

mail on sunday

An intelligent and robust performance from Oliver Johnstone

mail on sunday

A magnificent, hot-headed David Troughton

mail on sunday

Illuminated by intelligence and insight

mail on sunday

The supporting performances are carefully delineated and full of vivid life

sunday times

David Troughton’s Gloucester finds the searing truth the play contains... Paapa Essiedu in a charismatic performance that is at once wounded and threatening... James Clyde makes a strong impression as Cornwall... Clarence Smith is suitably dignified as Albany

sunday times

A striking clarity to the storytelling

stage

David Troughton’s magnificent, towering Gloucester

stage

Particularly strong support from Oliver Johnstone as Edgar and Paapa Essiedu as his bastard son Edmund

Stage

Natalie Simpson cuts an appealingly vulnerable Cordelia

Stage

Sher is most absorbingly intelligent

evening standard

Natalie Simpson is a vulnerable yet dignified Cordelia

evening standard

Paapa Essiedu has a puckish charisma as Edmund and finds new readings in some key lines

evening standard

★★★★

Sher himself is as monumental as the role… there’s no doubt you’re in the hands of one of his generation’s great Shakespearean actors, and he’s never less than mesmerising to watch

whatsonstage.com

Ilona Sekcz’s music punctuations proceedings very effectively

whatsonstage.com

A very fine Lear, with a terrific performance at its heart

whatsonstage.com

★★★★

An impressive and striking production with a heart-rending and noble central performance from Sher

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