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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.


New Performances Added!

We're delighted to announce that, due to popular demand, we have added performances of King Lear on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, October 14 at 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 15 at 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 16 at 2 p.m.
  • Friday, October 17 at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 18 at 8 p.m.

Reviews & Buzz


"superb" - Toronto Star

"powerful" -
The Globe and Mail

"a triumph" 

"This superb production is not only the Stratford Festival at its finest, it is Shakespeare at his finest." - Kitchener Record


"heart wrenching" - London Free Press

"Aficionados of Shakespeare's work will fully appreciate this production of King Lear" - Broadway World


"diamond-sharp" - Capital Critics Circle


"heart-wrenching" -
Chicago Tribune

"brilliant" -
Detroit Free Press


"a masterful, powerful performance"
"riveting" -
Hamilton Spectator


"inspired by the magnificence with which the story is told"
"epic" -
Pittsburg Post-Gazette


"exceptional tenderness" - Montreal Gazette


"a winner"
"this is a Lear to celebrate" -
NOW Magazine


"Festival leader Cimolino directs. In his hands, this “King Lear” remains a masterpiece."
- Buffalo News

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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