Box Office: 01904 623568

Event Details

Venue: Main House

Date: Fri 23 Nov - Sat 24 Nov

Time: Fri 23: 7.30pm, Sat 24: 2.30pm

Produced by: The Royal Shakespeare Company

Written by: William Shakespeare

Edited and Directed by: Tim Crouch

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Young People's Shakespeare: King Lear

Young People's Shakespeare: King Lear

Young People's Shakespeare: King Lear

A royal family gather for Christmas. The father broadcasts his seasonal message: he's giving up work and dividing his kingdom. With this misjudged act the natural order is upturned and the scene is set for a story of family break-up, homelessness and heartbreak.

In this new edited version, King Lear is brought vibrantly to life for schools, families and younger audiences. Stripped down to 75 minutes, the production is a thrilling and
accessible introduction to one of the greatest plays ever written.

‘Makes every word sing out with great clarity so that no (one) can fail to understand.’ The Stage

‘Crouch’s original work is known for it’s direct engagement with the audience.’ The Financial Times


Schools Performances

As well as public performances, there are special performances specifically for schools taking place in the De Grey Ballroom on Thu 22 Nov (10am & 1.30pm). These performances are an excellent opportunity to get up close and personal with the actors, away from the traditional theatre setting. Valuable for all ages, but especially good for Key Stage 2 - 3.

Book your special tickets via the Box Office.

York High Performances

20 & 21 Nov at York High School

7.30pm followed by a Q&A with the cast and team

£7 adults £3 concessions

Please book tickets via York Theatre Royal's Box Office in person or on the phone 01904 623568

Schools Workshop

An introduction to King Lear. This interactive in-school workshop will introduce the story of King Lear, explore its key ideas and themes and give the students an excellent understanding of the story before they come and see the production.

Cost: £150 per class (2hr)


The RSC have a dedicated facebook page for teachers. Take a look here.


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RSC Young People's King Lear

RSC Young People's King Lear