After being forced to close on opening night due to Melbourne’s snap 14 day lockdown, audiences will be delighted to hear that Melbourne Shakespeare Company will be reprising their previously sold out production of King Lear for a limited run of just 12 performances this July.
This hard hitting, contemporary adaptation is the first in our new Melbourne Shakespeare Studio collection.
Photographer: Chelsea Neate
"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
A Note from the Director Ayesha Gibson
Studying and editing King Lear in the midst of 2020 lockdowns and worldwide chaos was an interesting experience to say the least. I couldn’t help but draw parallels between the instability of a man determined to shun responsibilty but maintain his title and many of the most powerful people in the world. While they may not wear crowns and wield scepters there is a specific hierarchy and regality for our leaders today, hence Lear’s corporate motif - our new world order taken to its monarchal extreme. It has been a privilege to bring this world to life with an exceptional cast of actors, they have enriched this edit with their passion for the original text. I hope that their performances will show you that there is strength and softness in some of the most unexpected places, and that we must seek these out to survive the madness.
Q&A with Evelyn Krape
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Melbourne Shakespeare Studio
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.
Forget what you think you know about Melbourne Shakespeare Company this hard hitting, contemporary adaptation is the first in our new Melbourne Shakespeare Studio collection. These works are not family friendly and seek to explore some of the darker pieces from Shakespeare's repertoire. Under the direction of Ayesha Gibson, King Lear is a raw and relevant exploration of one of the greatest tragedies of all time.