Runtime: 110 min
Venue: FortyFive Downstairs 
Playwright: William Shakespeare

Cast: Andrew Dang, Annabelle Tudor, Anthea Davis, Augustin Tchantcho, Claire Nicholls, Don Bridges, Evelyn Krape, Isabella Ferrer, John Reed, Johnathan Peck, Kayla Hamill, Kevin Hopkins, Matthew Connell

Creatives: Aislinn Naughton (Costume designer), Alex Blackwell (Lighting Designer), Ayesha Gibson (Director), Ben Keene (Sound Designer), Hayley James (Set Designer), Jennifer Dean (Creative Director/ Marketing), John Reed (Fight Choreographer), Michael Mack (Producer/ Graphic Designer), Teri Steer (Stage Manager)

Melbourne Shakespeare Company’s moving contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy – King Lear is a tender, violent, and intimate exploration of old age portrayed in all its vulnerability, pride, folly and wisdom.King Lear sees two ageing fathers – one King, one courtier – misjudge the loyalty of their children, catapulting them both into a violent power struggle that forces them to realise their false values and confront their own humanity.

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"Evelyn Krape is majestic as Lear. 5 stars" - Arts Hub

"Melbourne Shakespeare Company’s production of King Lear is an intelligent and enjoyable interpretation of this classic." theatrepeople

"Casting legendary Melbourne veteran Evelyn Krape in the title role is an inspired choice, both for the impact of seeing a female play the type of role that would once have only been written for a man but also for the sheer depth of her acting skills."simonparrismaninchair

"I found Krape's strong performance as a person of power was not bound to gender, but to her skill and experience as an actor."weekendnotes

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 This recording was made on the land of the Wurundjeri People. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging. 

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