A cast of acclaimed opera singers has been assembled for a production of King Lear in this year’s Grange Festival line-up. But, unlike other performances in this year’s festival, there’ll be a slight twist. Shakespeare’s King Lear will be enacted as written, as a straight play. These artists will perform as actors, with no singing.
John Tomlinson leads the cast as Lear in this production by director Keith Warner. Both Tomlinson and Warner are particularly known for their interpretations of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, with Tomlinson having performed the role of Wotan in Die Walküre numerous times and Warner’s full Ring Cycle was staged at the Royal Opera House in the 2018/19 season.
Tomlinson will perform alongside Thomas Allen, Susan Bullock, Louise Alder, Donnie Ray Albert, Kim Begley and Emma Bell.
This production of King Lear will be staged at the Grange Festival on 14, 15 and 17 July. Tickets available here.
We recently included the Grange Festival in our list of the best classical music festivals taking place this year.