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King Lear: Part Two

A brutal portrait of a man unraveling; pitted against his daughters, against nature and against the universe itself.

King Lear The Film starring Don Warrington, is an epic stage to screen film of the hit sell out Royal Exchange Theatre and Talawa Theatre Company co-production in association with the Birmingham Repertory Theatre and directed for the stage by Talawa's award-winning Michael Buffong; and for the screen by Bridget Caldwell.

Filmed in the round at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester in front of a live theatre audience, King Lear played to sell out theatre crowds during its run, winning 4 and 5 star reviews across the board and was described by the Guardian as ‘as close to definitive as can be’.

King Lear is a brutal portrait of a man unraveling; pitted against his daughters, against nature and against the universe itself. In an ancient Britain bound by loyalty to the clan and the power of the sword, King Lear decides to give up his crown. As he divides the kingdom between his daughters, family ties disintegrate, order disappears and the land slides into chaos. This raw visceral production opens up a new dimension to the play, dramatised in a world where the medieval meets Game of Thrones.

In this brutal and powerful portrayal of King Lear the casting of Lear’s family as black raises important questions about the hidden presence of Black Britons, and Don Warrington’s portrayal of King Lear distills a compelling, heartbreaking awareness of the impact of Dementia on family bonds and decision-making.

Award-winning actor Don Warrington has been highly praised for his brutal and powerful portrayal of King Lear. He can be currently seen in the BBC’s hugely successful series Death In Paradise. His career spans television (Waking the Dead, Casualty, Rising Damp), radio and the stage (All My Sons, Driving Miss Daisy, The Mysteries) and he has had a long-standing relationship with Talawa Theatre Company both on and off the stage.

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1 hour, 30 minutes


Role Contributor
Goneril Rakie Ayola
Edmund Fraser Ayres
Duke of Burgundy / Ensemble Rhys Bevan
Duke of Cornwall Norman Bowman
Oswald Thomas Coombes
Edgar Alfred Enoch
Curan / Ensemble Sam Glen
Earl of Kent Wil Johnson
Regan Debbie Korley
Cordelia Pepter Lunkuse
King of France Miles Mitchell
Old Woman / Ensemble Sarah Quist
Duke of Albany Mark Springer
King Lear Don Warrington
Earl of Gloucester Philip Whitchurch
Fool Miltos Yerolemou
Producer Caroline Roberts-Cherry
Stage Director Michael Buffong
Director Bridget Caldwell

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