King Lear

February 11 - April 02, 2017 on the Wurtele Thrust Stage

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For more information about the show, download the Play Guide.  

18th Annual Shakespeare Classic »

Bring young people, ages 10-17, to a special matinee of King Lear on Sunday, March 12 at 1 p.m. All tickets $10. Call the Box Office at 612.377.2224.

Shakespeare’s epic tragedy

For the first time in more than 20 years the Guthrie will stage Shakespeare’s searing masterpiece. After years of ruling Britain in peace, a respected King Lear decides to relinquish his crown and divide his kingdom among his three daughters. But when their love and loyalty falter, so does Lear’s sanity. King Lear is a gripping portrait of fathers, daughters and a once-mighty ruler thwarted by his own hubris and betrayed by a vanishing mind.


  Area 1A Area 1 Area 2 Area 3 Area 4
Sun, Tue, Wed eves; weekday mats $64 $54 $44 $34 $29
Thu, Fri; Sat, Sun mats $72 $62 $52 $42 $37
Sat eves $77 $67 $57 $47 $42
Previews (Feb 11-16) $59 $49 $25 $15 $15

Detailed Seating Charts, Group Sales, Standard Discounts and Child Policy
All prices and performances subject to change


The best conversations happen after hours. Stay late on these dates for a discussion with the artists who bring the show to life.

Sunday, February 19 at 1 p.m.
Tuesday, February 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 26 at 1 p.m.
Saturday, March 4 at 1 p.m.
Saturday, March 18 at 1 p.m.

How'd They Do That? Workshop
Learn from Guthrie artists and staff how a production is created - from literary background to set and costume design to the staging of the play. 
Saturday, March 25 at 9 a.m.


ASL Performances
Friday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 18 at 1 p.m.

Audio Described Performances

Friday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 18 at 1 p.m.

Open Captioned Performances

Friday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 11 at 1 p.m.,
Wednesday, March 29 at 1 p.m.

Shakespeare in American CommunitiesThe Guthrie Theater's production is part of Shakespeare in American Communities, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

MSABClean Water Land and Legacy Amendent

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.