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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).




King Lear will open at The Viaduct Theatre, Halifax (27 Feb-7 Mar) and then tour to 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) and New Vic Theatre, Newcastle under Lyme (27 May-13 June).