In King Lear, Lear asks each of his daughters to profess their love for him. When his youngest daughter Cordelia confesses to love him simply as a daughter should, he casts her out of his kingdom.
Jonathan Pryce will star in the title role and will be joined by Kieran Bew (Edmund), Michael Byrne (Fool), Steven Elliott (Oswald), Phoebe Fox (Cordelia), Ian Gelder (Kent), Richard Goulding (Edgar), Richard Hope (Albany), Jenny Jules (Regan), Barry McCarthy (Lear's Loyal Servant), Chook Sibtain (Cornwall), Zoe Waites (Goneril), Clive Wood (Gloucester), and Alix Wilton Regan (Gloucester's Loyal Servant).
The design team will feature Tom Scutt (set design), Jon Clark (lighting design), and Dan Jones (sound design and music).
King Lear will be presented as part of the World Shakespeare Festival. The festival, produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company for London 2012, will showcase the best of the UK and international creative talents, exploring the contemporary relevance of Shakespeare.