King Lear

by William Shakespeare

directed by Ron Stannard

presented at the

Nuffield Theatre


Tuesday 15th June to Saturday 19th June 1976

Jim Smith as King Lear

Following the production of King Lear; the Maskers were pleased to receive a number of letters praising the show. The following is a typical example;

Dear Sir,
I wish to express my hearty congratulations for the superb performance
of  Lear that it has been my good fortune to see tonight. In my experience
it was one of the most convincing Shakespearean productions that I have
seen, and I thought the portrayal King Lear was quite magnificent.

Yours faithfully .......

Lear, King of Britain Jim Smith
King of France John Turnbull
Duke of Burgundy David Bartlett
Duke of Cornwall Philip de Grouchy
Duke of Albany David Pike
Earl of Kent Brian Whitaker
Earl of Gloucester Kenneth Spencer
Edgar, son to Gloucester John Carrington
Edmund, bastard son to Gloucester Al Senter
Fool Graham Buchanan
Oswald, steward to Goneril Alan Newell
Old Man, tenant to Gloucester Pete White
Goneril, daughter to Lear Ann Archer
Doctor David Bartlett
Knight, attendant on Lear John Turnbull
Regan Jenny McConnell
Cordelia Mary Elliott
Knights, soldiers & servants Paul Elliott, Steve Lange, Hugh Lewis, Alan Watson, Geoffrey Wharam, Peter White
For the Maskers:  
Director Ron Stannard
Technical Director Ron Tillyer
Designer Ken Spencer
Lighting Derek Jones
Production Assistant Jenni watson
Wardrobe Serena Brown
Stage Manager Joy Wingfield
Set Construction Alan Baker, John Riggs
Sound Adrian Whitaker, Clive Weeks
Properties Mollie Manns, Shiela Clark
Stage Crew Roger Lockett, Mike Johnson & Maskers
Handbill Graphics John Hamon

In publicising the Masker's production, Brian Stansbridge wrote; "Shakespeare's towering play about parents and children traces the the consequences of a tragic failure to bridge the gap between the generations in a world in which the New Order , with its lusts and ambitions, challenges ruthlessly for power. This violent, cruel yet extraordinarily moving study of King Lear's progress towards understanding and humanity is Shakespeare's greatest achievement and its themes remain acutely relevant today."

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