King Lear (Talawa Theatre), Royal Exchange
Talawa Artistic director, Michael Buffong, directs acclaimed stage and screen actor Don Warrington MBE in one of Shakespeare’s most iconic roles.
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.
Michael Buffong, director of KING LEAR, said: "This 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.”
Talawa Theatre Company is the UK's primary black-led theatre company. Led by artistic director Michael Buffong, Talawa’s work is informed by the wealth and diversity of the black British experience.
For 30 years Talawa has created outstanding work by cultivating the best in emerging and established Black artists, investing in talent, developing audiences and inspiring dialogue with and within communities across the UK and internationally to enrich the cultural life of all.
Joining Don Warrington is Alfred Enoch as Edgar, Miltos Yerolemou as the Fool and Philip Whitchurch as the Earl of Gloucester. The cast will be completed by Fraser Ayres, Rakie Ayola, Rhys Bevan, Norman Bowman, Thomas Coombes, Sam Glen, Wil Johnson, Debbie Korley, Pepter Lunkuse, Miles Mitchell, Mark Springer and Sarah Quist.
Info: King Lear - 1 Apr - 7 May, Royal Exchange, Manchester | book tickets and 19 May - 28 May, Birmingham Rep | book tickets
Don Warrington - interview
Michael Buffong - interview