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King Lear

Synopsis
Video recording of the Belarus Free Theatre’s staging of King Lear as part of the Globe to Globe season. Directed by Vladimir Shcherban with Aleh Sidorchik as Lear. Spoken in Belarusian.
Language
Belarusian
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
May 2012

Credits

Director
Vladimir Shcherban
Writer
William Shakespeare
Cast
Aleh SidorchikLear
Hanna SlatvinskayaCordelia
Pavel GaradnitskiEarl of Gloucester
Pavel ArakelianFool
Siarhei KvachonakEdgar, later disguised as Tom o’Bedlam
Aliaksei NaronovichEdmund
Aliaksei NaronovichKing of France
Dzianis TarasenkaEarl of Kent
Maryna YurevichRegan
Yana RusakevichGoneril
Yuliva ShauchukOswald

Additional Details

Theatre
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
Theatre company
Belarus Free Theatre
Production type
Stage Recordings
Historical period
Contemporary
Plays
King Lear
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Complete Works; Globe to Globe season; World Shakespeare Festival 2012

Notes

General
"Our journey began with the censorship of independent theatre in Belarus. Our members lost their jobs in Belarus state theatres as a result of their affiliation with Belarus Free Theatre, which was set up to represent freedom of expression through our work, and uncensored theatre became effectively banned in Belarus. Performances take place in secret venues in Minsk with audiences alerted to their existence by text message or e-mail. Audiences bring their passports to performances in Belarus in fear of arrest. Every member of our company has, at one time, suffered forms of intimidation and harassment and some of us have been arrested and tortured as a result of our work. We will always perform; it isn’t what we do, it is simply who we are". [From the Company’ campaign to raise money for the visit to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre’].
History
The production was staged 17 & 18 May 2012.
Reviews
Andrew Dickson (The Guardian, 23 May 2012).

... Like a post-Soviet Oedipal X-Factor, the Belarus Free Theatre on Friday night gave one of the greatest productions of King Lear London has ever seen. Forget our local Lears, with naked theatrical knights and casts in emotional straitjackets: this was as cruel, as beautiful, as you could want. It shook the Globe from the yard to the rafters... [Josh Spero: http://www.theartsdesk.com/theatre/globe-globe-king-lear-shakespeares-globe (accessed 6/2012).

Archive

Name

Shakespeare’s Globe

Contact
Librarian
Email
library@shakespearesglobe.com
Web
http://www.shakespearesglobe.com External site opens in new window
Phone
+44 (0) 7902 1433
Fax
+44 (0) 7902 1401
Address
21 New Globe Walk
Bankside
London
SE1 9DT

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