‘King Lear’ announces West End full cast, featuring Kenneth Branagh

The Kenneth Branagh-led King Lear, featuring recent RADA graduates, will run for 50 performances beginning on 31 October.

Allison Considine
Allison Considine

The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company, in partnership with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, will present William Shakespeare’s King Lear on the West End. Performances will run at Wyndham’s Theatre from 31 October to 9 December. The production will transfer to The Shed’s Griffin Theater in New York City in the fall of 2024.

This production of Shakespeare’s tragedy marks the professional debut of several recent Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts graduates. “King Lear is an exceptional opportunity for RADA graduates, many of whom graduated very recently, to take part in a production of one of Shakespeare’s most impactful plays,” said RADA principal Niamh Dowling in a statement. “We are really thrilled for this cast, which includes a number of graduates making their West End debuts.”

As previously announced, Kenneth Branagh will direct and play the title role of King Lear. The cast will also include Mara Allen as Curan, Deborah Alli as Goneril, Raymond Anum as Burgundy, Melanie-Joyce Bermudez as Regan, Doug Colling as Edgar, Dylan Corbett-Bader as France, Eleanor de Rohan as Kent, Chloe Fenwick-Brown as Oswald, Joseph Kloska as Gloucester, Corey Mylchreest as Edmund, Hughie O’Donnell as Cornwall, Caleb Obediah as Cornwall, and Jessica Revell as Cordelia.

The creative team will include Jon Bausor (set and costume designer), Lucy Skilbeck (associate director), Nina Dunn (projection designer), Paul Keogan (lighting designer), Ben and Max Ringham (sound designer and composer), Aletta Collins (choreographer), Lucy Bevan CDG and Emily Brockmann (Casting Directors), Bret Yount (fight director), Issy Snape and Michael Rouse (assistant directors) and Jim Leaver (production manager).

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