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King Lear

King Lear

by William Shakespeare 
Directed by Antoni Cimolino

Festival Theatre
May 5 to October 10
Opens May 26

Approximate running time:
2 hrs 53 min, including one interval 

About the Play
An aging monarch resolves to divide his kingdom among his three daughters, with consequences he little expects. His reason shattered in the storm of violent emotion that ensues, with his very life hanging in the balance, Lear loses everything that has defined him as a king – and thereby discovers the essence of his own humanity.


Reviews & Buzz


"If you have been longing to encounter greatness in the theatre, it's waiting for you at the Stratford Festival"Toronto Star


"unquestionably catapults Colm Feore into the ranks of the world's greatest living actors" – Toronto Star


"powerful" – The Globe and Mail


"unforgettable" – The Globe and Mail


"a production that will most assuredly not be surpassed this season–or any season soon." – Kitchener Record


"amazing" - Detroit Free Press


"brilliant" - Detroit Free Press


"the performance of the season at Stratford" - Hamilton Spectator 


"a masterful, powerful performance" - Hamilton Spectator 


"riveting" - Hamilton Spectator 


"I've never seen a Lear so clearly yet passionately told" - Hamilton Spectator 


“inspired by the magnificence with which the story is told”

- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


"epic" - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


"exceptional tenderness" - Montreal Gazette

Audience Advisory
Best suited to ages 12 and up, this production uses atmospheric haze, water-based fog, strobe lights and startling sounds. One scene depicts an act of brutal violence.

The suitability guidelines we offer here are subjective, and not all patrons may agree with them. If you’d like more details, or if you have specific concerns, please ask a customer service representative. 









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