King Lear begins its touring journey on 18 April at the beautiful Theatre Royal Margate. This marks the first of a series of blogs that will give a little insight into the venues we are touring to, as well as operating as a place for you to add your comments about the production.

You can book tickets for the production here.

The Theatre

The theatre dates from 1787 and was radically altered in 1874 by Jethro T. Robinson (father-in-law of Frank Matcham, the famous and prolific theatre architect who, along with his two protégés are responsible for more than building 200 theatres before 1915)

It is listed Grade II* and is sited within a conservation area.

The Theatre Royal, sited at the north east corner of Hawley Square, was part of the planned expansion of the small town and port of Margate during the mid Georgian period. It was built to vie as a facility for the entertainment of the upper classes with the Assembly Rooms, Cecil Square (1770s), and the Circulating Library, Hawley Square (1786), now demolished

The theatre was the site of the first drama school in the country. The School of Acting opened by Sarah Thorne in 1885. It was attended by a young Edward Gordon Craig. Edward was an English modernist theatre practitioner and the son of revered actress Dame Ellen Terry. Ellen Terry was a celebrated Shakespearean actress and a member of the Actresses Franchise League (founded in 1908).


See the cast headshots here.

Interviews: Joseph Marcell (King Lear) and Bethan Cullinane (Cordelia and Lear’s Fool) are taking part in our Adopt an Actor interview series. You can follow their journey from rehearsal to opening night in this series of audio-interviews.

Audience reaction

What did you think of the production?
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