King Lear

by William Shakespeare

 10-20 July 2019 in the open air at Reading Abbey Ruins

The country is divided.

King Lear, ruler of the British Empire, intends to split his lands, his wealth, and his power between his three daughters. All but the title of King will be bestowed upon them, yet one decision to turn his back on those that love him the most will change everything. His unpredictable behaviour and fall from grace lead to exile, conflict, madness and death for all around him.

In its second year performing back in the Reading Abbey Ruins (after 2018’s sell-out production of Much Ado About Nothing), Progress Theatre is delighted to present King Lear in the imposing surroundings it deserves, within the walls of the magnificent Chapter House.

No performance on Sunday 14th July

Reading-based Blue Collar Street Food will be onsite serving craft beer, Pimms, prosecco and soft drinks.

See Planning your visit for more information about the venue.



King Lear - Barrie Armstrong
Goneril - Steph Gunner-Lucas
Regan - Becca Douglas
Cordelia/Fool - Abbey Gillett
Duke of Gloucester - Jeremy Radburn
Edmund - Kevin Copping
Edgar - Ruaridh Watt
Duchess of Kent - Kate Shaw
Duke of Cornwall - Matt Tully
Duke of Albany - Oliver Godfrey
Oswald - Tanvi Virmani
Gentleman Knight - Rod Sloan
King of France - Simone Gobber
Duke of Burgundy/Third Servant - Mikhail Grozhny
Curan - Heather Price
Doctor/First Servant - Steph Dewar
Old Man - Alex Buchan
Herald of Albany - Emma Wyverne
Second Servant/Herald of Cordelia - Georgia McCall
Second Knight - Heather Price

Directed by Dan Clarke



"This was spellbinding theatre of the most human of tragedies. Don’t miss it." - The The Whitley Pump

"King Lear by the Progress Theatre is a treat for the eyes, ears, intellect and emotions. It’s a fantastic production in a fantastic location. Don’t miss it!" - The Henley Standard