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King Lear – Hall For Cornwall, Truro

King Lear featuring Michael Pennington

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Max Webster Reviewer: Jess Rowe The darkness in Shakespeare’s aching family tragedy remains resolute in Royal &Derngate's production ofKing Lear, with a never-ending sense of solemnity by the end. Following the ageing tyrant and title character, revived beautifully by Oliver-nominated Michael Pennington, whose mighty flaw is his inability to distinguish between forced materialistic love and that ...

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King Lear – Theatre Royal, Bath

King Lear featuring Michael Pennington

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Max Webster Reviewer:Kris Hallett It’s a funny quirk that so often in that most Everest of roles Lear, the garlanded actor at its centre gets upstaged by his supporting cast. Blame the genius of the bard, who has created a motley band of memorable supporting turns to populate his masterpiece. There is no fear of that ...

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King Lear – Opera House, Manchester

Michael Pennington as Lear and Beth Cooke as Cordelia

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Max Webster Reviewer: Iain Sykes 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare and the country is awash with tributes to the Bard, including somewhat of a glut of his greatest tragic character, King Lear. Directed by Max Webster with Michael Pennington as Lear, this touring production is certainly towards the top of the list. Pennington’s ...

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King Lear – Oxford Playhouse

King Lear featuring Michael Pennington

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Max Webster Reviewer: Fergus Morgan Michael Pennington has played them all: Richard II, Henry V, Leontes, Coriolanus, Macbeth, Hamlet, you name it. Now, nearing 73, he is touring the UK as the title role in Max Webster’s King Lear. His Lear is remarkable in its range of emotion, descending from barrel-chested brashness into doddery, near-silent senility ...

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King Lear – The Royal and Derngate, Northampton

Michael Pennington as Lear and Beth Cooke as Cordelia

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Max Webster Reviewer: Claire Going   It is true to say that the ultimate success or failure of any performance of King Lear hangs precariously on the ability of one man: the one chosen to play the titular role. In this new production of Lear, we are not disappointed with recent Olivier award nominee, Michael Pennington, ...

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NEWS: Michael Pennington’s King Lear to tour UK

Ambassador Theatre Group(ATG) has announced that Royal &Derngate, Northampton’s major new production of King Lear, will embark on a UK tour to nine regional venues from April to July. After running at Royal &Derngate Northampton from1 – 23 April, the show will then tour to venues includingOxford Playhouse, Theatre Royal BrightonRichmond Theatre, Grand Opera HouseYork,Manchester Opera House, Theatre Royal Bath, ...

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Through a Glass Darkly – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Writer: Ingmar Bergman Adaptor: Jenny Worton Director: Annie Ryan Reviewer: David Keane Celebrating two decades of theatre-making in Dublin, The Corn Exchange presents Jenny Worton’s adaptation of Through A Glass Darkly by Ingmar Bergman. Over the course of 24 hours, Karin and her family face the reality that her mental health is unravelling and that their complex unit might not ...

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Chicken – Roundabout@Summerhall, Edinburgh

Writer: Molly Davies Director: Steven Atkinson Reviewer:Andy Moseley Take devolution, climate change and rising tides, add in over population of the capital, economic disparity caused by second homers and the resentment generated in the host communities, and then round the mix of with almost medieval folklore to remind people it was not always like this, and you have the recipe ...

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