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King Lear - Jack Studio Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

YARD Players are presenting a new interpretation of William Shakespeare’s King Lear at the Jack Studio Theatre – from Tuesday, March 19 to Saturday, March 30, 2019.

He’s mad that trusts in the tameness of a wolf.

Lear is retiring. He cannot stand in the way of progress. But dividing his vast empire between his daughters comes at a cost. Now he must navigate a treacherous path leading to refuge or madness.

Yard Players’ new interpretation of an epic story of loss, growing old and new beginnings, is set in a criminal world where family ties are stretched thin and business brings blood in the stark reality of an ever divisive dog-eat-dog society.

King Lear marks the debut of Yard Players, a new company creating vivid, accessible productions of classics.

The cast includes Alan Booty as King Lear, Evangeline Beaven as Ada (Edmund), Pete Picton as Kent, Ben May as Albany/Oswald, David Sayers as Cornwall, Daniel McCaully as Edgar, Jess Kinsey as Cordelia/Fool, Zara Banks as Goneril, Fleur De Wit as Regan and Christopher Poke as Gloucester.

King Lear is directed and designed by James Eley and has lighting by Paul Lennox.

William Shakespeare and King Lear

Shakespeare’s classic tale of power, family division, love and loss, greed and madness, has all the ingredients of a spellbinding epic. The original anonymous play, “King Leir”, written in the 16th century, included ‘a happy ending’, but the darker story written by William Shakespeare provoked George Bernard Shaw to pronounce, “No man will ever write a better tragedy than Lear.” Yard Players’ interpretation is stripped back to just over two and a half hours. The setting is authentic, yet totally fresh and timeless.

King Lear is suitable for ages 14+.

Tickets: £16, £13 concessions. To book, call the box office on 0333 666 3366 (£1.50 fee for phone bookings only) or visit

Time: 7.30pm.

Arrows and Traps Rep Season continues at the Jack Studio Theatre until February 16. It will be followed – from February 19 to February 23, 2019 – by As a Man Grows Younger.