by William Shakespeare
directed by Michael Grandage
set design Christopher Oram
from 1.12.2010, press night 7.12.2010 (6.12.2010,11.1.11)
approx. 3h, incl. 1 interval
King Lear: Derek Jacobi
The Fool: Ron Cook
Goneril, Lear's eldest daughter: Gina McKee
Duke of Albany, Goneril's husband: Tom Beard
Regan, Lear's middle daughter: Justine Mitchell
Duke of Cornwall, Regan's husband: Gideon Turner
Cordelia, Lear's youngest desinherited daughter: Pippa Bennett-Warner
King of France, Cordelia's husband: Ashley Zhangazha
Duke of Burgundy, former suitor of Cordelia: Stefano Braschi
Earl of Gloucester: Paul Jesson
Edgar, Gloucester's legitimate son: Gwilym Lee
Edmund, Gloucester's illegitimate son: Alec Newman
Earl of Kent/Caius, later servant to Lear: Micheal Hadley
Oswald, Goneril's servant: Amit Shah
Gentleman: Harry Attwell
Old Servant: Derek Hutchinson
Sir Derek is just wonderful in his arrogance, rage and madness. I almost cried when Lear died.
Particularly scary was the storm scene with flash lights and rumbling thunder, Lear whispers the lines in a kind of "frozen" moment.
With a phantastic supporting cast of highly acclaimed actors like Paul Jesson, Ron Cook and Gina McKee, young actors like Pippa Bennett-Warner and Ashley Zhangazha it is a production not to be missed.