Written by William Shakespeare
Chichester Festival Theatre
Directed by Angus Jackson
Take away the crowns and swords, and the themes of King Lear are universal: communication failure, family feuds, the pain of betrayal, and the inevitability of aging. This classic tale of a kingdom divided storms the BAM Harvey Theater in a new production directed by Angus Jackson, one of the UK’s most promising directors. Featuring the brilliant Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon) in the title role, this story of an aging monarch’s descent into madness exposes the complex brutality and miraculous clarity of Shakespeare’s language.
Leadership support for BAM’s Shakespeare Education programs provided by:
Betsy and Ed Cohen, and The Corinthian Foundation
Shakespeare invented 1,700 of the words we use today, yet
language often fails the characters of King Lear. Identify
at least two instances in which sound or silence take the place of
words in this play, and discuss the greater significance of these
COMMON CORE CONNECTION: RL.9-12.5
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