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“Northern Broadsides can bring Shakespeare to life as gripping, accessible theatre for today simply by making the words sing.”
The Guardian

King Lear
Directed by Jonathan Miller
Designed by Isabella Bywater
Lighting by Guy HoareKing Lear is the story of a family at war with itself. Lear, an ageing and deeply flawed individual, wrecks his relationship with his three daughters and in doing so, loses all he has. What is there left? This question, which is Lear’s predicament and Shakespeare’s genius, invites us all to think upon what we might gain when nothing is all we have.KING_LEARJonathan Miller famously described King Lear as “The most interesting play Shakespeare ever wrote”. With his keen eye for the subtleties of human behaviour and a sharp focus on the emotional power of the story, be prepared for a ‘Lear’ stripped back to its heart and soul; intimate, moving and utterly believable.This is Miller’s second collaboration with the multi award-winning Northern Broadsides; a company whose trademark vigour, simplicity and down-to-earth performance style has won over a whole new generation of Shakespeare fans.If you’ve seen King Lear before, forget everything you know as Jonathan Miller brings his remarkable talent for detailed human observation to the play. You will see it afresh.

If you have never seen it, come.

“Northern Broadsides have a vigorous aesthetic, a way of doing Shakespeare that is revelatory.”  The Independent on Sunday

Tour Dates


The Viaduct Theatre, Halifax (27 Feb-7 Mar)
Hull Truck Theatre (10-14 Mar)
Theatre Royal Bath (17-21 Mar)
Everyman Theatre Cheltenham (24-28 Mar)
West Yorkshire Playhouse (8-18 Apr)
Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough (21-25 Apr)
Liverpool Playhouse (28 Apr-2 May)
The Lowry, Salford Quays (5-9 May)
York International Shakespeare Festival (12-16 May)
Rose Theatre, Kingston (19-23 May)
New Vic Theatre, Newcastle under Lyme (27 May-13 June)

Full cast announced for King LearKing Lear Mug Shots

We are delighted to announce full casting for our forthcoming spring production of William Shakespeare’s King Lear.

Directed by Jonathan Miller, King Lear will star the company’s Artistic Director Barrie Rutter in the lead role. Barrie Rutter’s recent works include Broadsides award- winning An August Bank Holiday Lark and also last year’s critically acclaimed Rutherford & Son directed by Miller.

He will be joined in the cast by Manchester Theatre award winner Catherine Kinsella (Rutherford & Son) as Cordelia; John Branwell (Arrival and Departures, Stephen Joseph Theatre)as Gloucester; Sean Cernow ( Hollow Crown, BBC (2016)) as Edmund; Andy Cryer (The Last train to Scarborough, Stephen Joseph Theatre) as Cornwall; Fine Time Fontayne ( Othello, Northern Broadsides and Eugene Clelland in Coronation Street) as The Fool; John Gully (War of the Roses, Northern Broadsides) as Albany; Josh Moran as The King of France and the Old Man; Nicola Sanderson (Tis Pity She’s A Whore, Cheek by Jowl) as Regan; Helen Sheals (Mrs Wigan in Downtown Abbey and The Jungle of Cities, Arcola Theatre) as Goneril; Andrew Vincent (Close the Old Coalhouse Door, Oldham Coliseum) as Kent; Jos Vantyler (Flying into Daylight, Live Theatre) as Oswald; Jack Wilkinson (Larisa and the Merchants, Arcola Theatre) as Edgar, AlBollands as Knight/Soldier and Rikki Hanson-Orr as Knight/Messenger.

The production is designed by Isabella Bywater, who has worked regularly with Jonathan Miller, as well as productions for Nicholas Hytner, Deborah Warner and Lucy Bailey. Lighting will be designed by Guy Hoare (The Seagull, Headlong Theatre and Rutherford & Son, Northern Broadsides).