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Title artwork for Lear Is Not Okay and Lessons.
Title artwork for Lear Is Not Okay and Lessons.

Double Bill: Lear is Not Okay/ Lessons

Created with the Almeida Young Company

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Sun 10 & Sun 17 Mar 2024

A double bill of Almeida Young Company productions, devised in response to Yaël Farber’s production of King Lear by William Shakespeare.


Who is it that can tell me who I am?

Somewhere in London, a new King Lear is emerging. And trust us, like, he is not okay.

Join an ambitious young company as they audition, rehearse and embark on the greatest challenge of their lives– discovering who they are, who they definitely aren’t and why that seems to matter. Brace yourself for creative differences, awkward silences, a lot of grapes, new friendships, and drama that makes even Shakespeare’s classic seem tame. As the fight for the crown takes centre stage, which young actor will come out on top? And who will be left waiting in the wings…

Written by Benjamin Salmon (Blowhole; LOVE BOMB) and devised with the Almeida 14-18 Young Company, Lear Is Not Okay is a fiery and witty exploration of adolescence, ambition, and the unrelenting yearning to feel a part of something.


Lear; From Middle English laire, leire, lere, northern Middle English variants of lore, loare “doctrine, teaching, lore”, from Old English lār “learning, instruction, something learned; a lesson”.

Imagine if you were able to learn all the lessons of your lifetime in one go. Would that guarantee you a good life? Would it save you from any harm? Or would it stop you from living a life at all?

Our lives can be broken down into a series of lessons and sometimes lessons are spun into stories.

A new play devised by the Almeida 18-25 Young Company and Julia Head that investigates lessons; what we learn, unlearn and what we try to learn over and over again.

All performances include both Lear is Not Okay and Lessons

Evenings 7pm

Running Time
Approx. 2 hours, incl. an interval


Captioned Performance
Sun 17 Mar 2pm
Book our captioned performance by calling Box Office on 020 7359 4404 or email

Content Warnings
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Cast & Creatives

Both productions were devised with the Almeida Young Company

Lear is Not Okay

Writer Benjamin Salmon
Director Germma Orleans-Thompson
Assistant Director Déviniat Adedibu
Lighting Designer Fraser Craig  
Sound Designer Kayode Gomez

Almeida Young Company (14-18)


Director Julia Head
Assistant Director Déviniat Adedibu

Costume Designer Petros Kourtellaris 
Lighting Designer Fraser Craig 
Sound Designer Cordane Richardson

Almeida Young Company (18-25)


The Almeida Young Company is supported by the Chapman Charitable Trust, The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust and The Royal Victoria Hall Foundation.

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