Further casting has been announced for King Lear, which previews from Tuesday 25 October with a press night on Friday 4 November 2016.
A quarter of a century after she gave up acting for politics, double Academy Award-winning legend Glenda Jackson returns to play King Lear in Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy. She will be joined by Celia Imrie in the role of Goneril, Morfydd Clark playing Cordelia and William Chubb playing Albany alongside the previously announced Jane Horrocks, Rhys Ifans, Simon Manyonda and Harry Melling.
Glenda Jackson is a two-time Academy Award-winning actress. Her work spans theatre, film and television and she was awarded a CBE in 1978.
William Chubb plays Albany. His theatre credits include Lawrence After Arabia (Hampstead Theatre), Waste, Great Britain, Othello, Scenes from an Execution (National Theatre).
Morfydd Clark plays Cordelia. Her theatre credits include Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Donmar Warehouse), Romeo & Juliet (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield), Violence & Son (Royal Court).
Jane Horrocks plays Regan and has had a diverse career spanning stage, television, film and voice work. Theatre includes If You Kiss Me, Kiss Me (Young Vic), East is East (Trafalgar Studios and UK tour), Annie Get Your Gun (Young Vic).
Rhys Ifans plays the Fool. His work as an actor encompasses stage, television and film. Upcoming projects include the television series Berlin Station and films Snowden (2016) and Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016).
Celia Imrie plays Goneril and last performed at The Old Vic in 2012 in Noises Off which transferred to the West End.
Simon Manyonda plays Edmond. He trained at LAMDA and theatre credits include Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, King Lear, Greenland and Welcome to Thebes (National Theatre).
Harry Melling plays Edgar and is perhaps best known for playing Dudley Dursley in the Harry Potter film series. Theatre includes Hand to God (Vaudeville Theatre).
Cast list: Glenda Jackson (King Lear), Fiston Barek (ensemble), William Chubb (Albany), Morfydd Clark (Cordelia), Jane Horrocks (Regan), Rhys Ifans (Fool), Celia Imrie (Goneril), Simon Manyonda (Edmond), Harry Melling (Edgar), Gary Sefton (Oswald) and Clifford Rose (Old Man).
King Lear plays at the Old Vic Theatre from 25 October 2016. Tickets