The full cast joining the West End transfer of the Chichester Festival Theatre production of King Lear has been announced.
Joining the previously announced Ian McKellen in the title role will be Sinéad Cusack (Kent), Danny Webb (Gloucester) and Kirsty Bushell (Regan) who reprise their roles from the original Chichester Festival Theatre production. They will be joined in the West End by James Corrigan (Edmund), Lloyd Hutchinson (Fool), Claire Price (Goneril), Luke Thompson (Edgar), and Anita-Joy Uwajeh (Cordelia).
Playing at the Duke of York’s Theatre from the 11th July, it was also announced that Jonathan Munby’s production will be broadcast live to cinemas across the UK and internationally on Thursday 27th September with National Theatre Live.
Two ageing fathers – one a King, one his courtier – reject the children who truly love them. Their blindness unleashes a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery as family and state are plunged into a violent power struggle with shocking ends.
Jonathan Munby’s credits include his recent production of Bryony Lavery’s Frozen in the West End; First Light for Chichester Festival Theatre; All the Angels, The Merchant of Venice and Antony and Cleopatra for Shakespeare’s Globe; and Wendy & Peter Pan for the RSC.
The production features designs by Paul Wills with lighting by Oliver Fenwick and music and sound by Ben Ringham and Max Ringham. It is being presented in the West End by ATG Productions, Chichester Festival Theatre, Gavin Kalin Productions and Glass Half Full Productions.