Michael Pennington takes on role of Shakespeare's King Lear in Bath

PUBLISHED: 12:33 09 June 2016

Michael Pennington as King Lear (Picture: Marc Brenner).

Michael Pennington as King Lear (Picture: Marc Brenner).

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Renowned Shakespearean actor Michael Pennington will take the title role in King Lear when the show visits Bath.

Max Webster, associate director at the Old Vic in London, has directed the play to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

King Lear is an ageing tyrant who decides to divide his kingdom between his three daughters, tearing his family apart and sparking catastrophic civil wars.

Pennington founded the English Shakespeare Company in 1986 and also appeared in Star Wars as a commanding officer on the second Death Star.

He said: “I am very proud to be on the road playing King Lear in Max Webster’s brilliant production with a tremendous cast, criss-crossing the country in this greatest of all Shakespeare’s dramas, a modern morality tale whose themes are as relevant today as when the play was written.”

King Lear will be at the Theatre Royal Bath from today (Thursday) to Saturday at 8pm, with a 2.30pm matinee on Saturday.

Tickets, priced £20-34.50, are available by calling 01225 448844 or online at www.theatreroyal.org.uk

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