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Lifetime Lear

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Jan 1, 2015—Dec 31, 2114
BAM & Theatre for a New Audience
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Wed Apr 02
Friends of BAM
Mon Apr 07
General public
January 2023
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Tuesday January 31, 2023
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We are thrilled at the prospect of offering true 'Learheads' guaranteed access to the many future productions of this essential tragedy.
—Joseph V. Melillo

Guarantee your seat at every King Lear produced at BAM and Theatre for a New Audience from January 2015 until the end of time.

Each Lifetime Lear pass is good for a pair of premium location seats to each and every future performance of the play presented in Fort Greene (additional venues to be announced). A total of 26 passes are available—the number of scenes in King Lear

Future productions will be announced with each upcoming season, but pass holders can already look forward to BAM’s 2045 Winter/Spring Season, featuring Ryan Gosling as Lear. Other popular actors being considered for the legendarily physically demanding role include Taylor Kitsch (Friday Night Lights), Adam Driver (Girls), and new Brooklynite Patrick Stewart.


Read the full Lifetime Lear announcement 
About the pass 
The Lifetime Lear pass comes in the form of a braided crown of reeds to be designed by a Brooklyn artisanal milliner, custom fitted to each Learhead's pate. The reeds are symbolic of nettles, thorns, and hemlock, which will not be used in order to avoid poisoning.
Lifetime Lear Scholarship Passes 
In addition to the 26 Lifetime Lear passes to be sold, BAM and Theatre for a New Audience will donate two scholarship passes to patrons whose names will be drawn. Entry to the drawing begins on Wednesday, Apr 2, and the two names will be announced on Sat, Apr 26 (Shakespeare's birthday).
On Truth (and Lies) in Monarchy 
Simon Critchley and invited guests will examine the vexing issues of absolute rule and unruly heirs. Dates and speakers to be announced.