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King Lear

By William Shakespeare, Directed by Yaël Farber

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Thu 8 Feb - Sat 30 Mar 2024

“One of the best Shakespeares I’ve ever seen”
The Times

“A gripping piece of entertainment”
Time Out

Nothing will come of nothing.

We all must face the moment of truth that we won’t live forever.

Lear, father and king of unquestioned power, must divide his realm between his three daughters. The first two quickly declare the love he is desperate to hear, yet his favourite Cordelia shuns the performative circus. “Nothing” she answers, when asked to speak. And towards that nothing Lear’s world begins to slide.

As the new generation unleashes the consequences of their father’s choices, Lear takes us into the eye of the storm and its trail of destruction.

Following her Olivier Award-nominated The Tragedy of Macbeth, Yaël Farber directs Danny Sapani (Killing EveHymn) as King Lear in Shakespeare’s poignant, morally ambiguous, and subversive epic.

Running Time
Approx. 3 hours & 30 mins, incl. an interval

Evenings 7pm

Access Performances
Book our access performances by calling Box Office on 020 7359 4404 or email
Audio Described Sat 23 Mar 1pm (Touch Tour 11am)
Captioned Thu 7 Mar 7pm
Relaxed Environment Wed 13 Mar 1pm & 7pm

Content Warnings Read more about our production guidance and warnings>

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How to get tickets

Many performances are now sold out or have limited availability, but you might still be able to get tickets.

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Cast & Creatives

  • Cast

  • Creatives

    William Shakespeare


    Yaël Farber


    Camilla Dely

    Costume Designer

    Max Perryment


    Heidi Bryan

    Costume Supervisor

    Sophia Khan

    Wigs, Hair and Make Up Supervisor

    Danielle Kassaraté

    Assistant Director

    Pia Rose Scattergood

    Assistant Sound Designer

    Oliver Cudbill, Fra Fee, Akiya Henry, Gloria Obianyo, Faith Omole, Clarke Peters & Steffan Rizzi

    Additional Musical Contributions


All concession tickets are limited and subject to availability. Proof of eligibility is required. Concessions in the final week of performances are only valid for Deaf and disabled bookings. More info


Deaf and disabled patrons and a companion can buy discounted tickets by calling the Box Office on 020 7359 4404 or email

25s & Under

£5 tickets will be available to those aged 25 and under for performances from Thu 8 Feb – Wed 14 Feb. Enter code 25UNDER when selecting your seats. Tickets go on sale at 5pm on Thu 18 Jan. More info

30s & Under, Over 65s & Unemployed

If you are aged 30 or under, over 65 or are unemployed you can book tickets at a discounted rate. Not applicable on Fri or Sat evenings.

Talks & Events

After Thu 7 Mar performance
A captioned post-show talk with members of the company. Free to same-day ticket holders.

Almeida For Free
Thu 22 Feb 7pm
A free performance for those aged 25 and under. More info >

Schools Performances
There will be schools performances held on Wed 28 Feb 1pm and Wed 6 Mar 7pm.

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