Donald Wolfit as King Lear
at the 'Old Bedford'

Illustration © The Estate of John David Roberts. Reproduced with the permission of the William Roberts Society. Catalogue information based on the catalogue raisonné by David Cleall. For this and full details of the exhibitions cited, see the links below. Any auction prices quoted may not include all fees and taxes, such as VAT and Artist's Resale Right charges.

Donald Wolfit as King Lear

Donald Wolfit as King Lear at the 'Old Bedford' – study, 1949
Watercolour and pencil, 16.4 cm x 13 cm

The actor-manager Donald Wolfit (1902–68) leased the Bedford Theatre at 122–133 Camden High Street, north London, and presented his Shakespearean repertoire there from 31 Jan. to 21 May 1949; King Lear opened on 7 Mar., with the Fool, also depicted, played by Bryan Johnson. (This was in fact the 'New Bedford': the 'Old Bedford' music hall, which occupied part of the same site, had been demolished in 1898. The 'New Bedford' was itself demolished in 1969.)
EXHIBITION HISTORY: Cambridge 1985, Gillian Jason Gallery 1993

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