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King Lear

The Old Vic

King Lear

I am a man, More sinn'd against than sinning

A Rehearsed Reading with Joss Ackland

In Ancient Britain an aged King Lear weary of the burden of his position decides to divide his realm between his three daughters. When his trust is abused and the rashness of his decision is realised his outraged sense of powerlessness and emasculation sets him on a chaotic course towards madness and death.

Now at the age of "fourscore and upward", veteran actor Joss Ackland takes on the Everest of Shakespearean roles in a unprecedented play reading of King Lear. Directed by Jonathan Miller and supported by an all-star cast, Joss will be returning to his theatrical roots 60 years after joining the Old Vic Company.

Cast includes:
Joss Ackland King Lear
Felicity Dean Goneril
Greta Scaachi Regan
Honeysuckle Weeks Cordelia
Tony Robinson Fool
Michael York Duke of Albany
John Nettles Duke of Cornwall
Barry Rutter Earl of Kent
Tony Britton Earl of Gloucester
Tam Williams Edgar
Shaun Dooley Edmund
Jos Vantyler Oswald
Jack Tarlton King of France/ Servant/ Captain
Chris Brand Duke of Burgundy/ Servant/ Herald
Robert Young Old Man/ Knight/ Gentleman
Vernon Dobtcheff Curan/ Gentleman/ Doctor

In Support of the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

This event has been kindly supported by JM Finn & Co.

Running time approx 2 hours 30 including interval.