The production will have a strictly limited run at the Wyndham’s Theatre from the 21st October.

Full casting has now been announced for Kenneth Branagh’s upcoming production of King Lea, in which he will also portray the title role when it heads to the West End for fifty performances only later this year.

Joining Branagh on stage for this production will be: Mara Allen (MacbethThe Night Watch) as Curan, Deborah Alli (Best of EnemiesSchool Girls; or, The African Mean Girls Play) as Goneril, Raymond Anum (The Merchant of VeniceThe Taming of the Shrew) as Burgundy, Melanie-Joyce Bermudez (making her professional debut) as Regan, Doug Colling (Dear Evan HansenThis England) as Edgar, Dylan Corbett-Bader (The Tattooist of Auschwitz, We Were The Lucky Ones) as France, Eleanor de Rohan (Hamlet, Anatomy of A Scandal) as Kent, Chloe Fenwick-Brown (making her professional debut) as Oswald, Joseph Kloska (The Winter’s TaleRichard III) as Gloucester, Corey Mylchreest (Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story, The Sandman) as Edmund, Hughie O’Donnell (Into The Woods) as Cornwall, Caleb Obediah (BridgertonThe Living Newspaper) as Cornwall, Jessica Revell (Tracy Beaker ReturnsThe Dumping Ground) as Cordelia / The Fool.

After completing its run in London on the 9th December, the production will then transfer to The Shed’s Griffin Theater in New York in the Autumn of 2024.

This is the latest Shakespeare play that Branagh will tackle, having previously been involved with film adaptations of Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, and Love’s Labour’s Lost and, more recently, The Winter’s Tale on stage. During his career he has also directed acclaimed stage productions of Macbeth, The Winter’s Tale, and Romeo and Juliet.

Meanwhile, the creative team joining him in this production includes: Jon Bausor (set and costume designer), Lucy Skilbeck (associate director), Nina Dunn (projection designer), Paul Keogan (lighting designer), Ben and Max Ringham (sound designers and composers), Aletta Collins (choreographer), Lucy Bevan CDG and Emily Brockmann (casting directors), Bret Yount (fight director), Issy Snape and Michael Rouse (assistant directors) and Jim Leaver (production manager).

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