Bard’s ‘Lear’ lords over capital crowd

Show extended to help accommodate crowds

Washington, D.C., auds are packing the summertime’s first hit here in the Shakespeare Theater Company’s “King Lear,” a remounting of director Robert Falls’ violent and athletic production first staged in 2006 at Chicago’s Goodman Theater. Stacy Keach again heads a cast that includes many performers from the earlier production.

A one-week extension to the four-week run will help accommodate record crowds for the Harman Theater. Show now closes July 26.

Set in Yugoslavia during the turbulent 1990s, the production takes full advantage of the 2-year-old venue’s state-of-the-art technical capabilities. Washington Post critic Peter Marks called the production “a macabre romp” and said Keach “with virile authority dexterously charts the poignant course of Lear’s decline.”

In September, the theater will host the National Theater of Great Britain’s production of “Phedre,” featuring Helen Mirren, for the play’s only live North American engagement. (It will also participate in the June 29 and July 13 screening of the play along with other selected theaters.)

More Legit

  • Colin Callender on 'Cursed Child' and

    Strictly Business Podcast: Colin Callender on 'Cursed Child' and Navigating Co-Productions

    Washington, D.C., auds are packing the summertime’s first hit here in the Shakespeare Theater Company’s “King Lear,” a remounting of director Robert Falls’ violent and athletic production first staged in 2006 at Chicago’s Goodman Theater. Stacy Keach again heads a cast that includes many performers from the earlier production. A one-week extension to the four-week […]

  • Patricia Morison Dead: 'Kiss Me Kate'

    Patricia Morison, Stage Star of 'Kiss Me, Kate,' Dies at 103

    Washington, D.C., auds are packing the summertime’s first hit here in the Shakespeare Theater Company’s “King Lear,” a remounting of director Robert Falls’ violent and athletic production first staged in 2006 at Chicago’s Goodman Theater. Stacy Keach again heads a cast that includes many performers from the earlier production. A one-week extension to the four-week […]

  • Prince Harry Meghan Markle

    Who's on the Royal Wedding Guest List?

    Washington, D.C., auds are packing the summertime’s first hit here in the Shakespeare Theater Company’s “King Lear,” a remounting of director Robert Falls’ violent and athletic production first staged in 2006 at Chicago’s Goodman Theater. Stacy Keach again heads a cast that includes many performers from the earlier production. A one-week extension to the four-week […]

  • In the Heights

    'In the Heights': Warner Bros. Wins Movie Rights to Lin-Manuel Miranda's Musical

    Washington, D.C., auds are packing the summertime’s first hit here in the Shakespeare Theater Company’s “King Lear,” a remounting of director Robert Falls’ violent and athletic production first staged in 2006 at Chicago’s Goodman Theater. Stacy Keach again heads a cast that includes many performers from the earlier production. A one-week extension to the four-week […]

  • School of Rock

    'School of Rock' Captures the Heart and Soul of Messy Adolescence

    Washington, D.C., auds are packing the summertime’s first hit here in the Shakespeare Theater Company’s “King Lear,” a remounting of director Robert Falls’ violent and athletic production first staged in 2006 at Chicago’s Goodman Theater. Stacy Keach again heads a cast that includes many performers from the earlier production. A one-week extension to the four-week […]

  • From left, creators David Henry Hwang,

    David Henry Hwang Hopes Hillary Clinton Will See 'Soft Power'

    Washington, D.C., auds are packing the summertime’s first hit here in the Shakespeare Theater Company’s “King Lear,” a remounting of director Robert Falls’ violent and athletic production first staged in 2006 at Chicago’s Goodman Theater. Stacy Keach again heads a cast that includes many performers from the earlier production. A one-week extension to the four-week […]

  • LaChanze

    Stagecraft Podcast: LaChanze on 'Summer,' Tony Boosts and Dream Roles

    Washington, D.C., auds are packing the summertime’s first hit here in the Shakespeare Theater Company’s “King Lear,” a remounting of director Robert Falls’ violent and athletic production first staged in 2006 at Chicago’s Goodman Theater. Stacy Keach again heads a cast that includes many performers from the earlier production. A one-week extension to the four-week […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content