After the critical and award-winning success of Rutherford & Son, Opera and Theatre director Jonathan Miller is set to once again join forces with Northern Broadsides to direct William Shakespeare’s King Lear in February 2015. The production will open at the Viaduct Theatre, Halifax from 27 February -7 March and then tour the UK until mid-June.
The production will feature the company’s Artistic Director Barrie Rutter in the lead role. Rutter has recently received much critical acclaim for directing and appearing in Northern Broadsides production of Deborah McAndrew’s award winning An August Bank Holiday Lark.
Jonathan Miller, who has directed the play for the Lincoln Centre Theatre with Christopher Plummer, the Old Vic theatre featuring Eric Porter and also for the BBC with Michael Horden as Lear, said about the production “Although Shakespeare set Lear in pre-Christian England I have always staged the play in the year when it was written. Here is a play in which a monarch who has always “slenderly known himself” has irresponsibly divided his kingdom in the same year that James I united the kingdoms of England and Scotland. In fact the play is a straightforward, elegant representation of the relationships between monarch and their subjects on the one hand and comparable relationship between fathers and their offspring. As always with Northern Broadsides the conversational quality of the actor’s performances allows one to emphasise the intelligibility of these complementary relationships.
“In addition to this we can also recognise that the relationship between Edgar and Edmund has an intriguing similarity to the conflict between Jesus and the Devil.”
“Having worked with Barrie on Rutherford & Son I feel confident that this particular production will bring forward justly unrecognised aspects of this remarkable drama “.
Since launching his early career with Beyond the Fringe, alongside Peter Cook, Dudley Moore and Alan Bennett, Jonathan Miller has become one of the world’s leading opera and theatre directors, with myriad credits at English National Opera and Glyndebourne as well as internationally. His theatre productions include: The Merchant Of Venice with Sir Laurence Olivier and Joan Plowright, The Taming Of The Shrew (RSC), The Seagull (Chichester Festival Theatre) and A Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Haymarket Theatre and on Broadway.
The production was designed by Isabella Bywater, who has worked regularly with Jonathan Miller, as well as productions for Nicholas Hytner, Deborah Warner and Lucy Bailey, with lighting by Guy Hoare (The Seagull, Headlong Theatre and Rutherford & Son, Northern Broadsides).
This will be the second time that Northern Broadsides have staged King Lear. The last time being in 1999, with Barrie Rutter in the lead role.
Spring 2015 Tour Dates
The Viaduct, Halifax
Fri 27 Feb – Sat 7 March
Hull Truck Theatre
Tue 10 – Sat 13 March
Theatre Royal, Bath
Tue 17 – Sat 21 March
Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
Tue 24 – Sat 28 March
West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds
Wed 8 – Sat 18 April
Stephen Joseph Theatre – Scarborough
Tue 21 – Sat 25 April
Mon 28 Apr – Sat 2 May
The Lowry, Salford Quays
Tue 5 – Sat 9 May
York International Shakespeare Festival
University of York, Heslington East Campus
Tue 12 –Sat 16 May
Rose Theatre, Kingston
Tue 19 – Sat 23 May
New Vic Theatre – Newcastle-under-Lyme
Wed 27 May – Sat 13th June
Northern Broadsides are delighted to announce the cast of their 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; Al Bollands 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, Al Bollands 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).