We’re thrilled to be teaming up, once again, with Talawa Theatre Company. Following on from the fantastic success of All My Sons in 2013 Don Warrington and Talawa Artistic Director Michael Buffong reunite to tackle one of Shakespeare’s most challenging and iconic plays.
Michael said, “We are always seeking to push ourselves as artists, always trying to go beyond what is expected, King Lear represents a huge and exciting challenge as a director. Lear is an epic story of extremes in which families fight, tear each other apart and are pitted against the elements. It takes us back to an old world that's searching for answers to questions about our very existence. Don Warrington has been a big part of Talawa's story and to take this journey with an actor of such subtlety and power is an exciting prospect and one that I look forward to beginning.”
This powerful reading of KING LEAR is presented as part of the celebrations for Talawa’s 30th anniversary year, and 400 years after the death of Shakespeare. Award-winning actor Don Warrington comments on accepting and tackling the role of Lear,
“The truth is it never occurred to me to play Lear until Sarah Frankcom suggested it. I had just been working with Michael on All My Sons at the Royal Exchange, an invigorating experience in that space. Michael and I spent some time discussing Lear, and it felt exciting to have the opportunity to tackle something equally challenging. At the time it seemed crazy to say no, now…I wonder if I’m just crazy.”
KING LEAR is produced in association with Birmingham Repertory Company and opens at the Exchange from 1 April – 7 May 2016 and Birmingham Repertory Theatre from 16 May – 28 May 2016.