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Bold Faced Lear


Jack Lear
Barrie Rutter OBE to lead cast for the brand new production Jack Lear – coming to Northern Stage in February

Hull Truck Theatre are donning their oilskin overalls and fishing boots as they step into 2019 with Jack Lear – an exciting new production written by Ben Benison, coming to Northern Stage this February. 

Taking on the title role will be Hull-born Barrie Rutter OBE. Winner of numerous awards – including the Creative Briton Award in 2000 – Barrie continues his Shakespearean adventures in this gritty re-working of King Lear, giving life to the eponymous central character while using his directing talent to convey an intense, complex and truly unique story.

Set on the banks of the river Humber, Jack Lear will showcase a cappella folk music composed by Yorkshire-born folk icon Eliza Carthy MBE (daughter of musicians Martin Carthy and Norma Waterson), in this innovative retelling of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy. 

Nicola Sanderson (famed for her performances in the National Theatre’s Somewhere, and the Northern Broadsides productions of Henry V and The Merry Wives), will star as Morgana, Jack Lear’s eldest daughter. Sarah Naughton (fresh from Ensemble 52’s Euphoria and Dark Winter, and the East Riding Theatre’s production of Hamlet) will play Jack’s middle daughter, Freda. And Olivia Onyehara (who dazzled in the New Vic Theatre’s All Our Daughters, as well as in the Nottingham Playhouse/York Theatre Royal collaborative production of Pride and Prejudice, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream/Macbeth at Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre in York) will join the cast as Victoria: the trawler-man’s youngest daughter. 

Andy Cryer – most recently seen in the Northern Broadsides production of The Comedy of Errors, Whitehall Theatre’s version of Othello, and in The Two Noble Kinsmen at Shakespeare’s Globe – will take on the role of Edmund, the solicitor who adds an extra touch of drama to this stormy family affair. 

Jack Lear will be performed at Northern Stage from 12th–16th February

Tickets start from £10. To book online visit
or call the Box Office on 0191 230 5151 

Published in: January 2019

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