Long live the king! Catherine McCormack, Lauren O’Neil, Isabella Laughland and more will co-star with three-time Tony-winning stage and screen favorite Frank Langella in the Chichester Festival Theatre production of King Lear. Helmed by Angus Jackson, the production will run at the Minerva Theatre from October 31 through November 30, before transferring to New York’s Brooklyn Academy of Music on January 7, 2014. King Lear will play a limited engagement at BAM’s Harvey Theater through February 9. Additional casting will be announced shortly.
In addition to Langella as King Lear, McCormack as Goneril, O’Neil as Regan and Laughland as Cordelia, King Lear will feature Max Bennett (Posh) as Edmund, Denis Conway (Richard III) as Gloucester, Henry Melling (Mother Courage and Her Children) as The Fool and Steven Pacey (By Jeeves) as Kent. The cast also includes Rob Heaps as France/Knight/Guard, Tom Mothersdale as Oswald, Chu Omambala as Albany, Michael Sheldon as French Commander/Servant, Parth Thakerar as Servant/Herald/Messenger, Tim Treloar as Cornwall and Alan Vicary as the Doctor.
King Lear is a dark tale of an old and vain leader who foolishly divides his kingdom between his two eldest daughters, Goneril (McCormack) and Regan (O’Neil). While his two older daughters conspire against him, his youngest daughter, who loves him, is banished.
McCormack garnered Olivier Award nominations for All My Sons, Dinner and The 39 Steps. She appeared in the West End production of Top Girls. Her stage and screen credits include Braveheart, Spy Game and 28 Weeks Later. O’Neil has appeared in National Theatre productions of This House, Travelling Light and Women Beware Women. Laughland’s screen credits include the Harry Potter films, The Hollow Crown, Without You and Now Is Good.