King Lear, Circa Theatre

King Lear       
Presented in English   
Circa Theatre, Wellington, New Zealand
May 14- June 18, 2016

"Circa Theatre celebrates its 40th anniversary with a brand new production of Shakespeare’s stunning tragedy King Lear. Acclaimed Shakespearean director Michael Hurst takes the helm while the title role is played by one of New Zealand’s theatre legends, Ray Henwood

King Lear cuts to the heart of the human condition, traversing the raw landscape of passion, sorrow, cruelty, love and redemption. An ageing king, mistaking false praise for love, makes a terrible decision that destroys his family and plunges his kingdom into chaos.

Four hundred years after Shakespeare’s death, Hurst, renowned for his compelling interpretations, throws a unique lens over the story, describing it as “a lean and muscular play that demands the utmost of its actors.”

There will be no hiding, no tricks, just high-octane acting in a timeless landscape of despair. Howl! Howl! Howl!" -Circa Theatre website

Circa Theatre
Director: Michael Hurst
Design: Andrew Foster

Ray Henwood (King Lear)
Ken Blackburn (Gloucester)
Carmel McGlone (General)
Claire Waldron (Regan)
Neenah Dekkers-Reihana (Cordelia)
Gavin Rutherford (Lear’s Fool)
Stephen Papps (Kent)
Andrew Paterson (Edgar)
Guy Langford (Edmund)
Todd Rippon (Albany)
Nick Dunbar (Oswald)
Peter Hambleton (Cornwall)

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Sponsored by Christopher Finlayson and Cariad Productions