For the first time in over 80 years we present King Lear. Shakespeare’s epic portrayal of human life is the centrepiece of our Shakespeare Season. King Lear was the first ever Shakespearian play staged at the Abbey Theatre in 1928 and revived in 1930. Both productions starred renowned Dublin actor, F.J. McCormick as King Lear.
80 years on, Owen Roe stars as the ageing monarch who decides to step down from his throne and divide his kingdom between his three daughters. Deceived by false promises and rejecting his one faithful daughter, Lear’s ambitious plan sets him on a relentless journey that threatens his family, his kingdom and himself.
Re-imagining this impressive story is acclaimed director Selina Cartmell. King Lear is Selina’s first production for the Abbey stage, having previously directed Only an Apple, Big Love and Woman and Scarecrow on the Peacock stage. The cast of 21 features some of Ireland’s finest actors including Lorcan Cranitch, Phelim Drew and Hugh O’Conor.
Shakespeare for all ages
As part of this season our Community and Education Department are delighted to introduce Shakespeare’s work to younger audiences. Two one man shows, written and performed by award-winning playwright and actor Tim Crouch, recreate the world of Shakespeare’s characters in a magical and engaging way.
I, Peaseblossom relives the magical story of A Midsummer Night’s Dream through the fevered nightmares of Shakespeare’s most neglected fairy. I, Malvolio reveals the rants of Shakespeare’s most pent-up steward, a man ‘notoriously wronged’ in the Twelfth Night. Playing on the Peacock stage, these two shows are ideal for young theatre goers and of course those of you who are young at heart!
The best of Irish independent theatre
As part of our commitment to support the best of Irish independent theatre, we will present Ouroboros Theatre Company’s Richard II on the Peacock stage in April. Under the direction of the company’s founding member Michael Barker Caven, actor Denis Conway draws us into a world of Machiavellian deceit.
Discover how the effects of power can have devastating consequences, in this fresh perspective on a classic tale. This is the first part of the company’s exploration of Shakespeare’s history plays.
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to see Shakespeare at your national theatre. Book now on www.abbeytheatre.ie or by calling our Box Office on (01) 87 87 222.
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to explore Shakespeare at your national theatre. Book now on www.abbeytheatre.ie or by calling our Box Office on (01) 87 87 222.
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