Cast announced for Mendes' King Lear at the National Theatre

Cast announced for Mendes' King Lear at the National Theatre

Updated On: May 1, 2018
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    Joining the previously announced Simon Russell Beale in the title role, Academy Award winner Sam Mendes has assembled his cast for the forthcoming production of KING LEAR at the National Theatre.

    Kate Fleetwood, Anna Maxwell Martin and Olivia Vinall will play his three divided daughters Goneril, Regan and Cordelia, respectively. Adrian Scarborough will play The Fool, while Stanley Townsend will appear as Kent.

    Fleetwood was nominated for a Tony Award for her role in Rupert Goold’s 2007 production of Macbeth at Chichester, which subsequently transferred to the West End and Broadway. Her extensive theatre credits include her Olivier Award performance in London Road (National Theatre), Life Is A Dream (Donmar Warehouse), The Two Noble Kinsmen and The Tempest (Shakespeare's Globe) and Pericles and The Winter's Tale (Royal Shakespeare Company).

    Olivier nominee Maxwell Martin is a NT regular, having appeared in The Coast of Utopia, Honour, Three Sisters, His Dark Materials, Songs of Innocence and Experience, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell and Snowbound. She’s won two BAFTAs for her roles in Bleak House and Poppy Shakespeare.

    Vinall can currently be seen as Desdemona at the National in Nicholas Hytner's Othello.

    Star of stage and screen, Scarborough film credits include The King’s Speech, Vera Drake, Notes On A Scandal, The History Boys, Gosford Park and Les Misérables. He’s appeared on television in French & Saunder’s Let Them Eat Cake, Gavin & Stacey and Upstairs, Downstairs. Amidst his frequent appearances on the West End, Scarborough won an Olivier for his role in After The Dance in 2011.

    Townsend has appeared in Remember This, Guys And Dolls, Phedre and Happy Now? at the National.  He is well-known for his television work on the series The Shadow Line, Waking The Dead and Sherlock.

    Stay tuned for when tickets go on sale for KING LEAR at the National’s Olivier Theatre!