International Shakespeare troupe to perform at Rice

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Katharine Shilcutt

International Shakespeare troupe to perform at Rice

Actors From The London Stage will perform ‘King Lear’ at Hamman Hall

HOUSTON — (Dec. 10, 2018) — “Nothing can come of nothing,” utters Lear as he begins his slow descent into madness in William Shakespeare’s tragedy “King Lear.” The world-acclaimed Actors From The London Stage are set to bring the tragic tale of Lear, his three daughters and the many warring noblemen to life at Rice University.

The world-acclaimed Actors From The London Stage will perform "King Lear" at Hamman Hall.

The world-acclaimed Actors From The London Stage will perform “King Lear” at Hamman Hall.

The international touring theater troupe based in London and at the University of Notre Dame will be in residency at Rice from Jan. 28 to Feb. 2, 2019. They will perform “King Lear” at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31, Feb. 1 and Feb. 2 at the university’s Hamman Hall, 6100 Main St.

Tickets are $15 for Rice students, alumni, faculty, staff and senior citizens; $20 for general admission; and $10 per person for groups of 10 or more. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 713-348-4005 or emailing

Founded by famed actor Patrick Stewart, Actors From The London Stage is now in its 38th year. Beginning as an educational program developed by Homer Swander at the University of California, Santa Barbara, the troupe tours up to 20 universities each year to provide communities, students and faculty the opportunity to experience dynamic and enriching performing arts.

All roles will be played by five veterans of classical theatre: Richard James-Neale, Tricia Kelly, Ffion Jolly, Fred Lancaster and Jonathan Dryden Taylor. The performers all hail from prestigious theater companies including the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and have made numerous appearances in film and television.

The troupe’s residency is underwritten by the Alan and Shirley Grob Endowment for Shakespeare and the Grob Fund for Shakespeare in Performance, with additional support from Rice University’s Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts and the Department of English.

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About Katharine Shilcutt

Katharine Shilcutt is a media relations specialist in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.