Pryce to play London ‘Lear’

Almeida sets 2012 slate

Two-time Tony winner Jonathan Pryce (“Miss Saigon”) will play the title role in “King Lear,” the climax of the 2012 slate at London’s Almeida Theater. Lineup also includes a world premiere and a new translation of the Italian comedy “Filumena.”

Almeida a.d. Michael Attenborough will helm Pryce’s “Lear” in a production designed by Tom Scutt and lit by Jon Clark running Aug. 31-Nov. 3, with a Sept. 11 opening.

Prior to that, Attenborough will direct two-time Olivier Award winner Samantha Spiro (“Merrily We Roll Along,” “Hello Dolly”) in the title role in Eduardo di Filippo’s Neapolitan comedy “Filumena” in a new version by Tanya Ronder. Designed and lit by Robert Jones and Tim Mitchell, the production runs March 15-May 12 with a March 22 press night.

Jeremy Herrin helms the world premiere of “Children’s Children,” a new drama about old friendships and money by Matthew Dunster. Running May 17-June 30 with a press night set for May 24, it is designed by Robert Innes Hopkins and lit by Neil Austin.

The season opens with Bijan Sheibani’s new production of Federico Garcia Lorca’s “The House of Bernarda Alba” (Jan. 19-March 10 with a Jan. 26 press night). Designed by double Olivier winner Bunny Christie (“A Streetcar Named Desire,” “The White Guard”), the production relocates the play to rural Iran, with a cast led by Iranian stage and screen actor Shohreh Aghdashloo (Emmy Award winner for HBO’s “House of Saddam,” Oscar nominee for “The House of Sand and Fog”).

Further casting for the season has yet to be announced.

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