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King Lear

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A collaboration between
Bristol Old Vic and
Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
Bristol Old Vic's 250th Anniversary Season

Three daughters are asked to compete for the wealth of their father, a King made weary by age and on the edge of breakdown. Defeated by his own arrogance and baffled by his daughters' inflated praise, Lear's sanity begins to slide until he is left in a mental wilderness accompanied only by his faithful fool. In this powerful examination of inter-generational conflict, Lear's position of authority as both a ruler and a father disintegrates as his mind betrays him.

British theatre legend Timothy West plays Lear in Tom Morris' production of Shakespeare's great tragedy with Stephanie Cole (Open All Hours) and David Hargreaves (The Crucible) alongside the stars of tomorrow from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

This production marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death and celebrates Bristol Old Vic's 250th anniversary and the Theatre School's 70th anniversary.


King Lear

18 June-10 July
7pm, 1.30pm
(Selected Thu, Sat and Sun mats)
£32-£9.50 (plus booking fee)

Running Time approx. 2 hours 40 minutes with 20 minute interval 

Act One: 1hr 23mins
Act Two: 1hr 16mins

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Creative Team
William Shakespeare
Director Tom Morris
Set Designer Anna Orton
Costume Designer Aldo Vazquez Yela
Lighting Designer Rob Casey
Composer & Sound Designer  Dave Price
Movement Director Jane Gibson
Assistant Directors Chloe Masterton and Sarah Bradley

Stephanie Cole
David Hargreaves
Timothy West

For Bristol Old Vic Theatre School Joey Akubeze, Tom Byrne, Jac Baylis, Daniel Bogod, Michelle Fox, Jenny Haynes, George Howard, Will Kelly, Danann McAleer, Brad Morrison, Poppy Pedder, James Sidwell, Jessica Temple, Maanuv Thiara, Dylan Wood and Alex York.

Production photography by Simon Annand and Jack Offord

Ticket Offers

Groups and Schools

Groups of 10+ £3 off all tickets (excl Fri & Sat eve)
Groups of 20+ As above, plus 1 in 20 tickets free (excl Fri & Sat eve)
Groups of 50+ £6 off all tickets, plus 1 in 20 tickets free (excl Fri & Sat eve)

Schools of 10+
£12.50 Upper Circle / £7.50 Gallery tickets available (excl Fri & Sat eve)

Access Performances

Signed performance Sat 2 July, 1.30pm
Audio described performance Sat 9 July, 1.30pm with touch tour 11.30am

Friends of Bristol Old Vic

20% off full price tickets
Limited to 4 tickets per Friend, excl Fri & Sat eves

From June this year, we anticipate the beginning of redevelopment works that will transform our front of house King Street entrance into a welcoming, access friendly community space that everyone will be able to enjoy. During this time, it will be business as usual in the Theatre with our brilliant programme on offer, however there are a few changes to how we'll be operating.

Theatre Entrance

From Saturday 18 June you will be invited to enter the Theatre via stage door, walking the footsteps of such legends as Peter O'Toole, Daniel Day Lewis and Miranda Richardson.

Our new Theatre entrance can be accessed through Rackhay (BS1 4HJ) off Queen Charlotte Street around the corner from King Street.

Click here for more information and updates on our Theatre entrance.

Ticket Collection

On performance days tickets can be collected from Box Office situated in our Backstage Bar opening 90 mins prior to each performance.

For more information on accessibility, ticket collection, our Backstage Bar, arrival and drop-off at our Theatre plus any updates on our redevelopment click here.

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