Friday, April 8, 2022

Folger ENCORES: "King Lear"





King Lear from Folger Theatre
and The Classical Theatre of Harlem


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Today we are revisiting Shakespeare’s play King Lear, in a world premiere production debuted by Folger Theatre and The Classical Theatre of Harlem.

The Folger Shakespeare describes King Lear as a play that challenges us with the magnitude, intensity, and sheer duration of the pain that it represents. The play talks about families struggling between greed and cruelty, on the one hand, and support and consolation, on the other. We are also exposed to old age portrayed in all its vulnerability.

As Ty Jones, who played Edmund in the production and is the Producing Artistic Director of The Classical Theatre of Harlem, says in his introduction to this selection, “emotions are extreme.”

In the scene shared today, Lear, played here by André DeShields, rages against nature and the coming storm.

We hope you enjoy this and other ENCORES to come. Keep an eye on your inbox as we continue to share our favorite moments from the Folger stage. 

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Join our Virtual Trivia Game!



Gather your team and put on your thinking caps. Join us on
Saturday, April 23 at 4pm ET to celebrate the Bard’s Birthday with a Virtual Trivia Game. This fast-paced, multi-round quiz will cover everything from general knowledge to pop culture. With ticket-giveaways, exclusive content from the Folger, and sneak-peaks at this summer’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, this is a fun-filled afternoon that you won’t want to miss!

Free. Registration requested.

More birthday fun? Celebrate all weekend long by sharing your own creations on social media using the hashtag #ShareYourShakespeare.





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