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Reviews for King Lear

The Observer “Jonathan Miller’s production is revelatory”five-stars-624x145

The Stage “Barrie Rutter’s performance as King Lear excels under the creative clarity of Jonathan Miller’s direction in another triumphant tour de force for Northern Broadsides” Stars 4

The GuardianBarrie Rutter’s fine Lear fits perfectly into Miller’s conception of a play in which domestic conflict acts as a metaphor for a larger national crisis.” Stars 4

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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.Jonathan 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.

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)