King Lear


King Lear (2017)

MINERVA THEATRE, Chichester Festival Theatre, 22 September – 28 October 2017

Damien played Edmund in Shakespeare play King Lear, directed by Jonathan Munby
at Chichester Festival Theatre 22 September – 28 October 2017.
He joined an esteemed cast, including former theatre and TV co-stars Sir Ian McKellen (King Lear) and Jonathan Bailey (Edgar).

The production was a contemporary piece with modern dress.

After the production completed, Damien and the cast helped DMF fundraise for the charity Age UK, by donating a programme autographed by the entire company to our prize draw.

© Manuel Harlan

Cast & Creatives

Ian McKellen – King Lear
Sinead Cusack – Kent
Damien Molony – Edmund
Jonathan Bailey – Edgar
Dirvla Kirwan – Goneril
Kirsty Bushell – Regan
Tamara Lawrence – Cordelia
Danny Webb – Gloucester
The Fool – Phil Daniels
Patrick Robinson – Cornwall
Dominic Mafham – Albany
Caleb Roberts – King Of France
Jake Mann – Burgandy
John Hastings – Curan and Doctor
Richard Clews – Old Man and Gentleman Informer

Writer: Shakespeare
Director: Jonathan Munby
Designer: Paul Wills
Lighting Designer: Oliver Fenwick
Music and Sound: Ben and Max Ringham
Movement Director: Lucy Cullingford
Fight Director: Kate Waters
Casting Director: Anne McNulty

Official Synopsis

Two ageing fathers – one a King, one his courtier – reject the children who truly love them. Their blindness unleashes a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery – and their worlds crumble.

Tender, violent, moving and shocking, King Lear is considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written. This will be an explosive, charged and contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s epic masterpiece in the intimate setting of the Minerva Theatre.

Jonathan Munby directs, following his acclaimed production of First Light for Festival 2016. His work for Shakespeare’s Globe includes All the Angels, The Merchant of Venice and Antony and Cleopatra; his recent work for the RSC includes Wendy & Peter Pan.

The ensemble of actors includes Ian McKellen, who last appeared at Chichester in The Syndicate in 2011.


King Lear Photos

All photos © Manuel Harlan


King Lear News & Articles

27 November 2017: Damien Molony & DMF Christmas Charity Prize Draw: WIN rare KING LEAR programme signed by ENTIRE CAST!

6 October 2017: KING LEAR Reviews Roundup: “Triumphant”, “Insightful”, “Intensely moving” – and a “devilish” Damien Molony

29 September 2017: KING LEAR Production Images Released – First Look at Damien Molony on stage at Chichester Festival Theatre

20 September 2017: KING LEAR: Exclusive rehearsal photos & limited tickets on sale NOW!

21 July 2017: CASTING NEWS: Damien Molony back on stage in ‘King Lear’