By William Shakespeare
Directed by Tom Littler
Set and costume design by Neil Irish / Anett Black
“We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep.”
The stranger and his daughter live alone on a remote island. Some people say he’s an artist. Others say he practises magic. But today is different. Prospero spots his oldest enemies passing close by in a fragile boat, and he conjures up a storm that will change all of their lives forever.
This production of Shakespeare’s final play is loosely inspired by the life of Paul Gauguin on the island of Tahiti. Michael Pennington, one of the foremost Shakespearean actors of his generation, plays Prospero for the first time.
Praise for Michael Pennington’s King Lear.
SPOKEN WITH IMMACULATE CLARITY AND PSYCHIATRIC PRECISION. New Statesman
MORE THAN ANY LEAR I’VE EVER SEEN, THIS ONE TALKS TO ITS AUDIENCE. ‘COME CLOSER,’ IT SEEMS TO SAY. New York Times
MICHAEL PENNINGTON WILL BREAK YOUR HEART. A KING LEAR TO GRIEVE FOR. Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Tom Littler is Artistic Director of Jermyn Street Theatre and a former Associate Director of the Peter Hall Company.
Michael Pennington is Honorary Associate Artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company and founded the English Shakespeare Company. A four-time Olivier Award nominee, his numerous roles include Lear, Hamlet, Richard II, Hal/Henry V, Macbeth, Leontes, Anthony, and Coriolanus.
Running time Around two hours 30 minutes including an interval.
Monday – Saturday 7.30pm
Matinees Tuesday & Saturday 3.30pm
The Half tickets £25 (£21 concessions) booked before 9 February.
The Quarter tickets £28 (£24 concessions) booked between 10 February and 10 March.
Beginners tickets £31 (£27 concessions) booked after 11 March.
5@5 Every day at 5pm, 5 tickets will be sold for £5, subject to availability. They are bookable in person at the box office, or by telephone. To be eligible, you must be under 30 or a member of Equity. Please bring proof of age/membership to the performance.
Preview Tickets 11–12 March. £15
Concessions Available to over- 60s, theatre unions, unwaged, access, students.
Box Office 020 7287 2875 jermynstreettheatre.co.uk