Queen Charlotte’s Corey Mylchreest to star in Kenneth Branagh’s King Lear

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Corey Mylchreest found legions of fans with his sensitive and deeply moving portrayal of King George III.

Like many fast-rising stars from Jodie Comer to Paul Mescal, he has chosen to swap the screen for theatre as he builds his career.

His next project is Kenneth Branagh’s latest high-profile London stage adaptation of King Lear, which promises to be rather radical.

The 25-year-old only graduated from RADA In 2020 and his lone theatre appearances so far have been in Hampshire at the New Forest Open Air Theatre, in Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

His new fans will have move fast to catch him on stage, though, as the new show only has a strictly limited run in London and New York. Scroll down for links to buy tickets.

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Kenneth Branagh will direct and take the lead role in William Shakespeare’s King Lear. He’s also currently wearing the same two hats as he completes his latest Hercule Poirot movie, A Haunting in Venice.

Corey Mylchreest will play the juicy role of the scheming and dulpicitous Edmund, the illegitimate son of the Earl of Gloucester.

The new production has its first performance at London’s Wyndham’s Theatre on October 21, with a running time of two hours and no interval. King Lear traditionally runs for over three hours, not including the interval, so this will be a radically cut and revised new version of the classic play.

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The cast also includes young actors making their professional debuts. Niamh Dowling, Principal of RADA said: “King Lear is an exceptional opportunity for RADA graduates, many of whom graduated very recently, to take part in a production of one of Shakespeare’s most impactful plays. We are really thrilled for this cast, which includes a number of graduates making their West End debuts.”

The show runs for 50 performances in London, until December 9, and will transfer to The Shed’s Griffin Theater in New York later next year.


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