King Lear

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

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

Run Time:
2 hours and 50 minutes including an intermission.

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.

King Lear showcases the Twin Cities’ greatest talent, including Guthrie Theater veterans Nathaniel Fuller and Stephen Yoakam alternating performances in the title role.  

This production contains strobe lights and depicts violence. 



TICKET PRICES

  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

POST-PLAY DISCUSSIONS

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.

ACCESS DATES

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.

ACTOR PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

The role of King Lear is performed by Nathaniel Fuller and Stephen Yoakam on an alternating schedule as indicated below. 

 SUN M TUE WED THU FRI SAT
            Feb 11
7:30 Fuller
12
7:00 Yoakam
13
14
7:30 Fuller
15
7:30 Yoakam
16
7:30 Fuller
17
7:30 Yoakam
18
7:30 Fuller
19
1:00 Yoakam
20
21
7:30 Yoakam
22
7:30 Fuller
23
7:30 Yoakam
24
7:30 Fuller
25
1:00 Yoakam
7:30 Fuller
26
1:00 Yoakam
7:00 Fuller
27  28
10:30 Yoakam
Mar 1
10:30 Fuller
7:30 Yoakam 
2
7:30 Fuller 
3
7:30 Yoakam 
4
1:00 Fuller
7:30 Yoakam 
5
7:00 Fuller 
7
7:30 Fuller 
8
1:00 Yoakam
7:30 Fuller 
9
7:30 Yoakam 
10
7:30 Fuller 
11
1:00 Yoakam
7:30 Fuller 
12
1:00 Yoakam 
13  14
10:30 Fuller 
15
10:30 Yoakam 
16
7:30 Fuller 
17
7:30 Yoakam 
18
1:00 Fuller
7:30 Yoakam 
19
1:00 Fuller
7:00 Yoakam 
20  21
10:30 Fuller 
22
10:30 Yoakam
7:30 Fuller 
23
7:30 Yoakam 
24
7:30 Fuller 
25
1:00 Yoakam
7:30 Fuller 
26
1:00 Yoakam
7:00 Fuller 
27 28
7:30 Yoakam
29
1:00 Fuller 
7:30 Yoakam 
30
7:30 Fuller 
31
7:30 Yoakam 
Apr 1
1:00 Fuller
7:30 Yoakam 
2
7:00 Fuller
           

CAST



Edmund
Thomas Brazzle



France
Shá Cage



Regan
Sun Mee Chomet



Kent
J.C. Cutler


King Lear/Old Man
Nathaniel Fuller


1st Knight/
Gentleman/ Officer
Charity Jones  



Burgundy/First Servant
Nathan Keepers



Oswald 

Kris L. Nelson


Goneril
Kate Nowlin


Cornwall
Howard W. Overshown



Edgar 
Jason Rojas



Fool
Armin Shimerman


Albany
David Whalen


Gloucester

James A. Williams


Cordelia 
Kim Wong


King Lear/ Old Man
Stephen Yoakam
       

CREATIVE TEAM

Director Joseph Haj

Scenic Designer Marion Williams

   

Costume Designer Jennifer Moeller

Lighting Designer Jennifer Tipton    

Composer Victor Zupanc

Sound Designer Darron L. West    

Dramaturg Carla Steen 

Vocal Coach Jill Walmsley Zager 

   

Fight Director Casey Kaleba

Stage Manager Tree O’Halloran

   
Assistant Stage Manager Jason Clusman  Assistant Director e.g. bailey      

 

 

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.