King Lear starring Ray Henwood

Press Release – Circa Theatre


Directed by Michael Hurst
Starring Ray Henwood

Proudly sponsored by Christopher Finlayson and Cariad Productions, with the support of the British Council

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), Ken Blackburn (Gloucester), Carmel McGlone (Goneril), Claire Waldron (Regan), Neenah Dekkers-Reihana (Cordelia), Gavin Rutherford (Lear’s Fool), Stephen Papps (Kent), Andrew Paterson (Edgar), Guy Langford (Edmund), Todd Rippon (Albany) and Peter Hambleton (Cornwall), this remarkable production is a must see!


14 May – 18 June (preview 13 May)

Adult $46, Seniors & Students $38, Circa Friends $33 (until 29 May), Under 25s & Industry $25, Groups of 6+ $39, Groups of 20+ $36

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

Bookings 1 Taranaki St / Wellington / 04 801 7992 /

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