Evelyn Krape to play King Lear in a daring new interpretation of Shakespeare’s iconic play

After dazzling audiences across Melbourne for more than 30 years Evelyn Krape (Ginger, A Toast to Melba) takes on her most challenging role yet as the formidable King Lear in Melbourne Shakespeare Company’s new production directed by emerging prodigy Ayesha Gibson (Romeo and Juliet).

It’s an incredible fusion of old meets new explained artistic director Jennifer Sarah Dean (The Globe – London), Evelyn brings so much wisdom, power and experience to the role which amalgamates perfectly with Ayesha’s fresh contemporary vision for the piece. The combination is electric!

Presented at the intimate fortyfivedownstairs King Lear is a tender, violent, and intimate exploration of old age portrayed in all its vulnerability, pride, folly and wisdom.  The multiple Green Room award-winning actor will take on one of the greatest roles in literature for a limited run of just 10 performances.

Krape will be supported by a formidable ensemble including Kevin Hopkins (Twelfth Night) as Kent, Don Bridges (As You Like It) as Fool, Augustin Tchantcho (Book of Morman, Othello) as Albany and Anthea Davies (A Room of One’s Own) as Gloucester. Audience favourite Matthew Connell (Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet) will return for his third season with the company as the bastard son Edmund, and introducing Isabella Ferrer as Cordelia.

Sound design from Ben Keene (The Rapture) transports us to the dystopian world within this play is set and the business-inspired costume design from Aislinn Naughton (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) perfectly captures the corporate world where warring siblings fight for power in an desperate race to the bottom.

Melbourne Shakespeare Company is conscious of its environmental impact and is proud to use fully reclaimed, reused, and recycled costumes and sets in all their productions.


Season Date and Performance Times
7.30pm (5pm Sundays)
Season: 26th May – 6th June (No performance on Monday)

Duration
90 minutes, no interval

Opening Night
Thursday 27th May

Venue
fortyfivedownstairs

Tickets
CLICK HERE

This project has been supported by the City of Melbourne COVID-19 Arts Grants.

Peter J Snee

Peter is a British born creative, working in the live entertainment industry. He holds an honours degree in Performing Arts and has over 12 years combined work experience in producing, directing and managing artistic programs & events. Peter has traversed the UK, Europe and Australia pursuing his interest in theatre. He is inspired by great stories and passionately driven by pursuing opportunities to tell them.

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