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KING LEAR News & Discussion | Damien Molony, Sir Ian Mckellen | Chichester Festival Theatre
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Exciting news!
 
Damien has been cast as Edmund  in 'King Lear' in a Chichester Festival Theatre Production from 22 September - 28 October 2017, directed by Jonathan Munby.
 
He will work alongside Sir Ian McKellen (and Jonathan Bailey) once more!
 
 Visit the official website here.




To celebrate, here are a few photos of Damien as Edmund in the 2010 Shakespeare in Styria production of King Lear!

 

 

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NEWS!!!!! KING LEAR | Damien Molony cast alongide Sir Ian Mckellen in Chichester Theatre Production
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Hooray! It looked like DaMo and Sir Ian had a really good relationship on No Man's Land so it's fabulous they'll be working together on this. I wonder if it will be broadcast to cinema? Have Chichester Theatre done that in the past?

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Brilliant, a stellar cast! Damien and friends, from the look of it. He's marvellous on stage, a great presence. Just wish I could see it!

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Maghat wrote:

Hooray! It looked like DaMo and Sir Ian had a really good relationship on No Man's Land so it's fabulous they'll be working together on this. I wonder if it will be broadcast to cinema? Have Chichester Theatre done that in the past?


 Others had the same thoughts biggrinbiggrin

 

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More info: it will be a 'modern dress production' and 'contemporary piece' because "It absolutely mirrors the times we are living in" "Think about the division of a kingdom...We're living through that as we negotiate Brexit." Director Jonathan Munby (source)

Sinead Cusack will play Kent, loyal courtier to King Lear (Ian McKellen). The King's daughters Goneril, Regan and Cordelia will be played by Dirvla Kirwan, Kirsty Bushell and Tamara Lawrence. Gloucester will be played by Danny Webb, with Phil Daniels as The Fool, Patrick Robinson as Cornwall, Dominic Mafham as Albany and Caleb Roberts as the King Of France. Damien and Jonathan Bailey will appear as the 'brothers-at-war' Edmund and Edgar.

Apparently Munby wants to do a live cinema broadcast "or failing that, shoot it for video or online".



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Damien Molony Forum wrote:

Apparently Munby wants to do a live cinema broadcast "or failing that, shoot it for video or online".


 

Well hooray for that since it's the only way most of us might get to see it! Sinead Cusack as Kent is a really interesting choice, I think she'll be great.



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god I hope this is recorded!!!! biggrin



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Oh, this is fantastic! WOW!

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I feel very lucky that I already booked to see this back in March! Given the cast, I'd be surprised if it doesn't transfer to London after it is finished in Chichester: if well received, things tend to, so here's hoping for everyone. :)

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There is understandable frustration amongst us Damo fans that the production is already sold out, but it is also understandable that the tickets were snapped up months ago with the announcement if the play and Sir Ian McKellen's casting.

HOWEVER... keep watching the official page, because the theatre have confirmed more tickets and returns will be released a month before opening! These will get snapped up very, very quickly so be super vigilant everyone!

Additionally, as littleimpulse commented, perhaps there may be an extension or transfer, but this has not been mentioned or confirmed.



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Official casting announcement from CFT, with mention of the possibility of a broadcast!

KING LEAR CAST CONFIRMED

 

Shakespeare’s KING LEAR will run at the Minerva Theatre from 22 September – 28 October, directed by Jonathan MunbyThe ensemble of actors includes Ian McKellen in the title role, with Jonathan Bailey (Edgar), Kirsty Bushell (Regan), Richard Clews (Old Man/Gentleman Informer), Sinéad Cusack (Kent), Phil Daniels (Fool), John Hastings (Curan/Doctor), Dervla Kirwan (Goneril), Tamara Lawrance (Cordelia), Dominic Mafham (Albany), Jake Mann (Burgundy), Michael Matus (Oswald), Damien Molony (Edmund), Caleb Roberts (King of France), Patrick Robinson (Cornwall) and Danny Webb (Gloucester). 

 

The production is sold out but do check the website for returns. We are currently exploring the possibility of a broadcast to enable more people to see it.



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Damien Molony Forum wrote:

We are currently exploring the possibility of a broadcast to enable more people to see it.



NT Live seem to be sharing their expertise in this regard, I think quite a few recent NT Live broadcasts have not been National Theatre productions and have been bringing different theatres into the fold (Hangmen at the Royal Court and Who's Afraid of Virgina Woolf at the Harold Pinter Theatre are the most recent I can think of). Fingers crossed something like that will get this production a showing!

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Yes indeed Maghat, including No Man's Land of course, not a NT production but broadcast via NTLive - which Sir Ian and DaMo were also both in.
I am also crossing fingers for the "or failing that, shoot it for video or online" as expressed by the director Jonathan Munby

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Damien Molony Forum wrote:

I am also crossing fingers for the "or failing that, shoot it for video or online" as expressed by the director Jonathan Munby





The Manchester Royal Exchange Hamlet (the one with Maxine Peake) did a sort of hybrid of the two - they shot two performances on consecutive evenings, edited them into a single performance and then broadcast that as if live. If the director is keen on finding a solution then I'm guessing we can be cautiously optimistic about it happening *fingers crossed*

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Chichester is very near Portsmouth and I can get there easily. I will have to look into it.

 

Well, I did and that was a waste of time!  All tickets sold!  Which is a good thing but not for anyone who wanted to go. no



-- Edited by Pearl24 on Sunday 23rd of July 2017 09:10:38 PM

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