Antony Sher will star as the ageing king when Shakespeare's great tragedy travels to the Brooklyn Academy of Music next April.

Artistic Director Gregory Doran's critically-acclaimed production of King Lear will be travelling to New York for a short run next year.

The show will play from 7-29 April at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) with Antony Sher returning as the tragic king. When the production premiered in Stratford-upon-Avon in 2016, his performance was described as "unbearably moving".

The Brooklyn performances will mark the return of the show to the stage, with a three-week run at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon to follow in May and June.

Antony Sher holds a tearful David Troughton.
Antony Sher's Lear holds Gloucester, played by David Troughton.
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Booking for the New York performances will open from 16 January, with further information available from the Brooklyn Academy of Music website.

Tickets are already available for the performances at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre from 23 May - 9 June. For full cast details, dates and to book online for Stratford-upon-Avon, please visit our King Lear homepage.