(Mark Brown’s article appeared in the Telegraph,4/27.)

THE coming together of a great Shakespeare character and an equally great actor is a rare and memorable event. From Laurence Olivier's Henry V to Mark Rylance's Hamlet, such performances are the theatre's equivalent of a lunar eclipse.

One can now add to that illustrious list David Hayman's King Lear. After a more than 30–year absence, the revered Scottish actor returns to the Citizens Theatre Company he calls his "creative home" with a truly defining depiction of the hapless monarch


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