Festival 2013

Frank Langella in

King Lear

By William Shakespeare

KING LEAR TRAILER

Minerva Theatre

31 Oct - 30 Nov 2013

Overview

The legendary American stage and screen actor Frank Langella plays Lear as Chichester Festival Theatre’s Associate Director, Angus Jackson, brings Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy to the intimacy of the Minerva Theatre for 32 performances only.

The ageing Lear decides to divide his kingdom between his three daughters, giving the biggest piece to the one who claims to love him most. When Cordelia, the youngest, refuses to match the false flattery of her sisters, she is banished from the kingdom.

Having relinquished his power to Regan and Goneril, and tormented by his misjudgement, the increasingly frail Lear descends into grief-fuelled madness.

Keep up to date behind the scenes with cast member Rob Heaps' blog.

King Lear is sponsored by

Festival 2013

World of Books

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Reviews

The Guardian
4 Star Rating 'A commanding Lear staged with great clarity by Angus Jackson. Frank Langella is a tremendous Lear.' Read full review

Daily Telegraph
4 Star Rating 'Angus Jackson’s excellent production is scalding
in its intensity.'
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Evening Standard
4 Star Rating 'Frank Langella offers a compelling King Lear
who teeters perilously between majesty and madness.'
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Daily Mail
4 Star Rating'A charismatic king'
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Daily Express
4 Star Rating 'Frank Langella is extraordinary and delivers the kind of performance that blinds us to all other recent Lears' Read full review
Whatsonstage.com
4 Star Rating 'Frank Langella's tremendous, barn-storming
Lear: it's a fine performance, well worth the trip
to Chichester to see.'
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Chichester Observer
'A thrilling production.. a towering performance from Frank Langella. Nowhere is there a weak
link in the cast. A memorable end to the season.'
The Observer 4 Star Rating 'How will Angus Jackson's fine, robust
production of King Lear be remembered? For the reverberating force of Frank Langella in the title role. For the driving clarity with which the play unfolds.'
Mail on Sunday 4 Star Rating 'Angus Jackson’s impressively lucid revival'
Sunday Times 4 Star Rating '… swift uncomplicated production'
The Observer 4 Star Rating 'Lauren O’Neil’s Regan is the best I have seen'

The Company

Creative Team

Angus Jackson

Director

Angus Jackson

Robert Innes Hopkins

Designer

Robert Innes Hopkins

Peter Mumford

Lighting Designer

Peter Mumford

Fergus O'Hare

Sound Designer

Fergus O'Hare

Isobel Waller-Bridge

Composer

Isobel Waller-Bridge

Anthony Lau

Assistant Director

Anthony Lau

Gabrielle Dawes

Casting Director

Gabrielle Dawes


Cast

Frank Langella

Frank Langella

King Lear

Sebastian Armesto

Sebastian Armesto

Edgar

Max Bennett

Max Bennett

Edmund

Denis Conway

Denis Conway

Gloucester

Rob Heaps

Rob Heaps

France/Knight/Guard

Isabella Laughland

Isabella Laughland

Cordelia

Catherine McCormack

Catherine McCormack

Goneril

Harry Melling

Harry Melling

Fool

Tom Mothersdale

Tom Mothersdale

Oswald

Chu Omambala

Chu Omambala

Albany

Lauren O'Neil

Lauren O'Neil

Regan

Steven Pacey

Steven Pacey

Kent

William Reay

William Reay

Burgundy/Captain/Guard

Michael Sheldon

Michael Sheldon

French Commander/Servant

Parth Thakerar

Parth Thakerar

Servant/Herald/Messenger

Tim Treloar

Tim Treloar

Cornwall

Alan Vicary

Alan Vicary

Doctor



Booking Info

Running time: 2 hours 50 minutes (including one interval of 20 minutes)

Tickets

Previews/Press Nights
£24.50

Evenings/Matinees
£32

Friends
£2 off all performances

Aged 18-25? An allocation of tickets priced at just £8.50 for all performances in both theatres will be released one month before each production opens. Find out more.

Discounts and concessions available
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