King Lear 07/11–08/17Buy Tickets
JACKSON/CANTON—Michigan Shakespeare Festival opens its 25th anniversary season with King Lear, running in Jackson from July 11 through 28, and in Canton from August 2 through 17. The production is directed by MSF artistic director Janice L Blixt and features John Lepard, MSF artistic associate Alan Ball, and festival favorite Shawn Pfautsch.. Tickets are available online at www.michiganshakespearefestival.com.
At the height of his power, his land at peace, King Lear of England abdicates his throne, dividing his power between his loyal daughters with the simple caveat that he be treated with the respect due a king. But without the mantle of kingly power, his deceitful offspring strip him of his honor, driving him into madness and the entire country into war. Lear’s blindness to the true nature of his children is mirrored by his loyal friend Gloucester’s destruction at the hands of his own treacherous illegitimate son. Considered by many to be the greatest of all Shakespeare’s plays, KING LEAR combines tragic family drama with epic storytelling, giving us the most heroic and the most malevolent characters in Western drama.