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King Lear

by William Shakespeare

Directed by Caroline Devlin

Holy Trinity Church
High Street
Guildford
GU1 3RR
Box Office: 01483 304384

www.guildford-shakespeare-company.co.uk/

Brian Blessed is to play King Lear at Holy Trinity Church Guildford from Saturday 17 January for 25 performances to Saturday 14 February 2015.

This is the first time Brian Blessed has played King Lear on stage and the first time he has performed on stage with his daughter Rosalind Blessed who will portray Goneril, one of Lear’s daughters.

In the cast so far are Brian Blessed (King Lear), Rosalind Blessed (Goneril), Sarah Gobran (Regan), James Sobol Kelly (Gloucester), Noel White (Kent), Ben Ashton (Edmund), Tim Allsop (Oswald), Matt Pinches (Edgar) and Richard Neale (Cornwall). It will be directed by Caroline Devlin with design by Neil Irish, lighting by Declan Randall and sound by Matt Eaton.

Brian Blessed has been in many of Kenneth Branagh’s films including ‘As You Like It’, ‘Henry V’, ‘Much Ado About Nothing’, and as The Ghost/King in ‘Hamlet’. He was the original Deuteronomy in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Cats’, and has been in many Royal Shakespeare Company productions. In his role as Vultan in ‘Flash Gordon, his line ‘Gordon’s Alive’ remains the most repeated quotation from the film and his career.

His other roles include Richard IV in ‘Blackadder’ and Augustus Caesar in ‘I Claudius’. His famous voice has been heard as The Pirate Captain in the Awarding winning cartoon ‘The Band of Misfits’ and as Boss Nass in ‘Star Wars: The Phantom Menace’. He has written five books and has been on three expeditions to Mount Everest.

Rosalind Blessed played Emilia in Othello earlier this year, also for Guildford Shakespeare Company, and she was in Titus Andronicus at the Arcola.

Sat 17th January - Sat 14th February 2015, Perfs: Mon - Sat 7.30pm, Mat Sat 2.30pm, Booking from 11th November 2014.
Tickets: £18.00 - £25.00
Trains from Waterloo every 10 mins.

11 November 2014