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Kenneth Branagh to direct and star in West End ”King Lear”

Kenneth Branagh
Kenneth Branagh
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Fiery Angel and The Shed will co-produce William Shakespeare’s King Lear, directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh as the titular character.

King Lear is the latest addition to Branagh’s impressive Shakespearean repertoire, which includes his film adaptations of Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, and Love’s Labour’s Lost and, more recently, The Winter’s Tale on stage.

He has also directed acclaimed stage productions of Macbeth, The Winter’s Tale, and Romeo and Juliet.

The production will preview from 21 October 2023 at Wyndham’s Theatre in London, with a press night on 31 October, and will run for just 50 performances. Tickets will go on sale on 5 June at 12 noon.

Following its London run, the production will transfer to The Shed’s Griffin Theater in New York for the autumn of 2024.

Further cast and creative team members are to be revealed.

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