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Auckland Summer Shakespeare presents King Lear

Auckland Summer Shakespeare presents King Lear

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  • Fri 1 Mar ’13, 7:30pm
  • Sat 2 Mar ’13, 7:30pm
  • Tue 5 Mar ’13, 7:30pm
  • Wed 6 Mar ’13, 7:30pm
  • Thu 7 Mar ’13, 7:30pm
  • Fri 8 Mar ’13, 7:30pm
  • Sat 9 Mar ’13, 7:30pm
  • Tue 12 Mar ’13, 7:30pm
  • Wed 13 Mar ’13, 7:30pm
  • Thu 14 Mar ’13, 7:30pm
  • Fri 15 Mar ’13, 7:30pm
  • Sat 16 Mar ’13, 7:30pm
  • Tue 19 Mar ’13, 7:30pm
  • Wed 20 Mar ’13, 7:30pm
  • Thu 21 Mar ’13, 7:30pm
  • Fri 22 Mar ’13, 7:30pm
  • Sat 23 Mar ’13, 7:30pm
  • Tue 26 Mar ’13, 7:30pm
  • Wed 27 Mar ’13, 7:30pm
  • Thu 28 Mar ’13, 7:30pm
  • Fri 29 Mar ’13, 7:30pm
  • Sat 30 Mar ’13, 7:30pm
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University of Auckland, 24 Princes St, Auckland CBD


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Students: $19.00
  • Adults: $30.00
  • Group (10+): $25.00

Related Artists:

Gareth Farr, Michael Parekowhai

A Royal Jubilee!

Directed by Lisa Harrow
Starring: Michael Neill, Michael Hurst, Calum Gittins, Kate Watson, Peter Stevens, Michael Noonan, Anthea Hill, Geoff Snell
Producer: Oliver Rosser | Executive producers: Sam Neill, Alan Smythe.

2013 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Outdoor Summer Shakespeare at the University of Auckland, an institution that has served as a breeding ground for Auckland theatrical talent over the past five decades. To celebrate, the AUSA Outdoor Shakespeare Trust will present the Bard’s greatest tragedy, King Lear, for a season in March.

Featuring theatre professionals, alumni and current students, King Lear boasts the Summer Shakespeare’s most distinguished creative team to date. Internationally renowned actress Lisa Harrow – formerly of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and a cast member in the very first Auckland Summer Shakespeare – brings a wealth of experience to her role as the production’s director. She is joined by acclaimed NZ actor/director Michael Hurst, who serves as artistic consultant and plays Lear’s all-knowing Fool.

The part of Lear himself is taken by eminent Shakespearean scholar Professor Michael Neill, older brother of the show’s Executive Producer and famous leading man, Sam Neill. The cast numbers over 30 people and will serve to illustrate the increasingly demented king’s dystopia. Top New Zealand composer Gareth Farr will further underscore Lear’s pain with clashes of brass and percussion.

King Lear, a work seldom performed because of the sheer stamina required of its performers, tells the story of a patriarchal world dragged into disarray by a conflict between truth and madness. Harrow, in conjunction with Oscar-winning costume designer Ngila Dickson, NZ sculptor Michael Parakowhai, and emerging set designer Jessika Verryt, aims to transport the audience back to a darker age, while holding a mirror up to our contemporary world.

Join us to celebrate the past 50 years of a unique theatrical experience, and to launch the next 50 with a bang!

Come and help us make history.

King Lear plays: 1 to 30 March, 2013, Tues - Sat, 7.30pm in the Old Arts Plaza, The University of Auckland.
Tickets on sale now from The Maidment Theatre.

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