Light design: Přemysl Janda
Assistant stage director: Claire Nicholls
Stage manager: Eric Sammons
Widely acknowledged as Shakespeare's greatest tragedy and one of the greatest English-language plays ever written, King Lear is the devastating story of an aging monarch whose decision to divide his kingdom between his three daughters to prevent "future strife" only succeeds in sparking an avalanche of Greed, betrayal and ruthlessness. Seduced by flattering professions of false love from his oldest daughters, Lear banishes his youngest daughter, Cordelia, for refusing to participate in the game of "which of you shall we say doth love us most?" Lear's rash actions annihilate his kingdom, his family and his mind. A towering exploration of a world in which everything is in domestic, spiritual and political upheaval bringing to the forefront questions on the nature of love and duty, power and loss, old age and youth, good and evil, King Lear is as resonant today as it was in 1606 when first performed and as it will be hundreds of years from now. PSC Associate Artist Peter Hosking stars as King Lear with an ensemble cast from the PSC 2019 Summer Shakespeare Intensive training program.
KING LEAR - 100 minutes, without an interval
Performed in English
About Prague Shakespeare Company
The Prague Shakespeare Company presents professional theatre productions, workshops, classes, lectures and other theatrical events of the highest quality, conducted primarily in English by a multinational ensemble of professional theatre artists with an emphasis on the plays of William Shakespeare. As the premiere English-language classical theatre company in continental Europe, Prague Shakespeare Company brings to Czech, European and international audiences performances that are fresh, bold, imaginative, thought-provoking, and eminently accessible, connecting the truths of the past with the challenges and possibilities of today.