“Better thou hadst not been born than not to have pleas’d me better.”

In an ancient Britain bound by loyalty to the clan and the power of the sword, King Lear decides to give up his crown. As he divides the kingdom between his daughters, family ties disintegrate, order disappears and the land slides into chaos.

Shakespeare’s brutal portrait of one man’s unwinding sanity takes us from the heart of power to the cold and barren world of the outsider. It pitches Lear against his children, against nature and against the universe itself.

Featuring Don Warrington (Death In Paradise) as King Lear, Alfred Enoch (Harry Potter and How To Get Away With Murder) as Edgar and Miltos Yerolemou (Game Of Thrones) as The Fool.

★★★★
“Don Warrington cuts a powerful and tyrannic Lear, amid a superb cast”
The Guardian

★★★★
“Don Warrington’s towering performance is one of many virtues in this outstanding production”
The Stage

★★★★
“Alfred Enoch’s excellent Edgar […] eloquently embodies the play’s wild, ungovernable forces”
The Telegraph

★★★★
“It’s a lavish spectacle”
Manchester Evening News

“Perfect pacing, wonderful performances and clear, gimmick-free storytelling”
British Theatre Guide

★★★★
“A significant production as well as an admirably strong ensemble performance”
The Times

In Talawa’s 30th anniversary year, Michael Buffong and the company return to The REP, following their groundbreaking productions of Moon On A Rainbow Shawl and All My Sons.

The outstanding cast also includes Fraser Ayres, Rakie Ayola, Rhys Bevan, Norman Bowman, Thomas Coombes, Sam Glen, Wil Johnson, Debbie Korley, Pepter Lunkuse, Miles Mitchell, Mark Springer, Sarah Quist and Philip Whitchurch.

Michael Buffong Director
Signe Beckmann Designer
Johanna Town Lighting Designer
Tayo Akinbode Sound Designer

Date Time Venue Notes Prices Booking
Wed 25 May 7:30pm The HOUSE at The REP £19.50 - £30.00 Book Tickets
Thu 26 May 2:00pm The HOUSE at The REP £19.50 - £30.00 Book Tickets
Thu 26 May 7:30pm The HOUSE at The REP £23.50 - £35.00 Book Tickets
Fri 27 May 7:30pm The HOUSE at The REP £23.50 - £35.00 Book Tickets
Sat 28 May 2:00pm The HOUSE at The REP £23.50 - £35.00 Book Tickets
Sat 28 May 7:30pm The HOUSE at The REP £23.50 - £35.00 Book Tickets

The HOUSE at The REP

  • Address: Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2EP
  • The HOUSE is The REP’s largest auditorium, seating over 800 people. Wheelchair seating is available at the front and midway up on Row L.

    Built on democratic principals with no circle or boxes and with a saucer shaped rake, The HOUSE is designed so that all seats have a great view of the action.

  • Box Office: 0121 236 4455
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