King Lear

  • From Saturday, 16 February 2013
  • To Saturday, 16 February 2013
  • Showing on the Abbey Stage
  • Running time: 3 hours and 15 mins incl 20 minute interval

REVIEWS: WHAT THE CRITICS SAID

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‘…with a faultless support cast, this is memorable Shakespeare’.

Sunday Independent

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I am a man more sinned against than sinning.

For the first time in over 80 years the Abbey Theatre presents King Lear.

King Lear is determined to transfer power to his three daughters. He will divide his kingdom between them, giving the largest part to the daughter who loves him most.

Owen Roe stars as the monarch whose ambitious plan sets him on a relentless journey which will threaten his family, his kingdom and himself.

We are delighted to welcome back foremost theatre artist Selina Cartmell (Only an Apple, Big Love and Woman and Scarecrow) to direct Shakespeare’s epic human story. This large scale production features a cast of 21, including some of Ireland’s finest actors Lorcan Cranitch, Phelim Drew and Hugh O’Conor.

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Production Note
Please note King Lear contains strobe lighting.

Booking Details:

Wednesday 6 February – Saturday 23 March
Previews: Wednesday 6 February – Monday 11 February
Times: Monday – Saturday 7.30pm, Saturday matinee 2pm

Assisted performance details
Sign Language Interpreted Performance: Thursday 21 March 7.30pm
Captioned & Audio Described Performance: Saturday 23 March 2pm

On the Abbey stage

Tickets: €13 – €40 / Conc. €13 – €25

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    King Lear by William Shakespeare.Directed by Selina Cartmell.

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REVIEWS: WHAT YOU SAID

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attended king Lear last evening -and was from the outset -both captivated and enthralled. I felt all the emotion of the actors .I studied this play for my leaving cert in 1985 and indeed our brave English teacher and ourselves dramatized it (a much shorter version.)Owen Roe is a genius closely followed by Ciarán Mc Menamin and of course Aaron Monaghan.The standing ovation was well earned and deserved .A beautiful and truly professional production.

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Excellent production of Lear. Faultless. Would be unfair to single anyone out, the entire cast were on top of their game for this one. They nailed Shakespeare’s masterpiece ... They were up for it. Which is why we gave them a five minute standing ovation after Thursday evening’s sold out performance

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saw it this afternoonwith several friends ,we all thought it was wonderful,such energy ,could not think of you all having to do it again tonight .amazing.thank you all for a fabulous performance ,even the dogs made it more authentic .

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Excellent direction and cast . One of the best stage performances I’ve seen. Minimal stage clutter to allow concentration on actors performance. Very clever use of stage props and design. A lot of thought and consideration went into the costume design. Every bit of the prose and verse could be heard clearly and distinctly. Owen Roe gives a superb portrayal of the demented and tormented king but the most outstanding performance undoubtably came from The fool. Despite his characters physical handicap he whisks the audience around the stage with his acrobatics and cracking wit. This actor will go very far. I want to see the whole thing again . Bravo!

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King Lear was phenomenal. The whole cast. I’d recommend it to anyone. Truly captivating scenes and remarkable acting. Such passion. It had me and my partner captivated from the beginning to end.Aaron Monaghan as Edgar is truly talented, as is Hugh O’Connor as the fool. Owen Roe brought a tear to my eye with his acting as did Beth Cooke as Cordelia. The whole cast brought the story alive. Such hard work involved. A thoroughly well deserved standing novation at the end. Such a great way to spend a Monday evening after work.

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great show!Loved every minute

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Saturday night preview performance very poor. More like a read through with costumes and movement. No development of Lear’s descent into despair, just unbending anger; sisters very flat; only Gloucester displayed emotional depth. Was this a deliberate pre-opening move, to tweak the show? Experienced theatre and Shakespeare goer but extremely disappointed and puzzled by the reviews. Would almost go again to see has the performance changed so much since!

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I went to this with my wife, my daughter of 17 years and a neighbour of 77 years. We, all four, thought the play was delivered in such a way that we all became absorbed in the fantastic, spellbinding story as it was delivered with such passion and clarity. It was also lovely to meet the wolfhounds in the lobby!

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Madness never looked so beautiful.
Owen Roe gives a masterful performance of the tragic Lear.
This production by the Abbey puts a lie to the maxim that theatre is “dead”.
The National Theatre has succeeded in putting on the stage a performance that is dangerous, exciting and provocative
In short, a theatre that enervates and assaults the senses with its terrible beauty.

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Fantastic performance by Owen Roe and cast,stunning set, allround success

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REVIEWS: WHAT THE CRITICS SAID

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‘…with a faultless support cast, this is memorable Shakespeare’.

Sunday Independent

‘Abbey’s Lear is up with greats’

Sunday Independent

‘…the stage belongs to Roe…the actor is an inspiration.’

Sunday Times, Culture

‘superb performances’

Sunday Times, Culture

‘the high-powered Irish cast is full of standout performances’

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Sunday Business Post, Magazine

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