King Lear – Circa Theatre

Date: 09/06/2016
Category: Theatre Companies – Professional

Performed by: Circa Theatre 

Directed by:  Michael Hurst

Proudly sponsored by Christopher Finlayson and Cariad Productions 

Dates and Venues: 14 May – 18 June Circa Theatre

Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 6.30pm
Thursday – Saturday, 8pm
Sunday Matinees 4pm

Ticket Price: Adult $46, Concession $38, Under 25s for $25

Tickets: via Phone 04 801 7992 or Internet at

All or Nothing 

Circa Theatre celebrates its 40th anniversary with a brand new production of Shakespeare’s stunning tragedy King Lear.  Acclaimed Shakespearean director Michael Hurst takes the helm while the title role is played by one of New Zealand’s theatre legends, Ray Henwood.

King Lear cuts to the heart of the human condition, traversing the raw landscape of passion, sorrow, cruelty, love and redemption. An ageing king, mistaking false praise for love, makes a terrible decision that destroys his family and plunges his kingdom into chaos.

Four hundred years after Shakespeare’s death, Hurst, renowned for his compelling interpretations, throws a unique lens over the story, describing it as “a lean and muscular play that demands the utmost of its actors.”

There will be no hiding, no tricks, just high-octane acting in a timeless landscape of despair. Howl! Howl! Howl!

With a stellar cast that brings together Ray Henwood (King Lear), Carmel McGlone (Goneril, SGIAF 2011), Claire Waldron (Regan), Neenah Dekkers-Reihana (Cordelia, SGCNZ YSC 2011), Gavin Rutherford (Lear’s Fool), Stephen Papps (Kent), Ken Blackburn (Gloucester), Andrew Paterson (Edgar, SGCNZ YSC 2008), Guy Langford (Edmund), Todd Rippon ( Albany), Peter Hambleton (Cornwall,  SGIAF 2002) and Nick Dunbar (Oswald), this remarkable production is not to be missed!