There are Shakespeare kings, and then there is Lear—rain-raving madman, dad with daughter issues, and a role that actors wait a lifetime to play. In this bold offering from RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran and the Royal Shakespeare Company (King and Country: Shakespeare’s Great Cycle of Kings, 2016 Winter/Spring), inimitable Olivier Award-winning actor Sir Antony Sher (Falstaff in Henry IV, Parts I & II, 2016 Winter/Spring) rises to that teetering throne, giving a career-defining performance as the all-too-trusting monarch in the twilight of his sanity. Beneath a pagan sun that gives way to a bleak winter, Sher’s Lear growls, inhabiting the self-searching conscience of a king who—after unwisely divesting his lands to the wrong people—causes heads to roll.
Directed by Gregory Doran
Set design by Niki Turner
Lighting design by Tim Mitchell
Music by Ilona Sekacz
Sound design by Jonathan Ruddick
Movement by Michael Ashcroft
Fights by Bret Yount