A Groundling Theatre production

presented at Harbourfront Centre Theatre (231 Queens Quay West) January 9-28, 2018

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Tickets $25-$69

CLICK TO BUY TICKETS (or call 416.973.4000) For the Student Matinees: Jan 17 & 24, 2018  2pm – $29 (teachers free) (email groupsales@harbourfrontcentre.com or call 416-973-4000 x4856)

About the show:

Widely considered Shakespeare’s masterpiece, Lear tells the story of an aging monarch’s loosening grip on the reigns of power and the slow, lonely descent into madness that follows. The Dora award winning Groundling Theatre Company follows their celebrated productions of The Winter’s Tale and Measure for Measure with an intimate and provocative Lear at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre. Starring one of Canada’s most celebrated actresses, Seana McKenna, in the title role, this production promises to bring new life to Shakespeare’s classic tale, challenging our assumptions about familial loyalty and the fragile balance of sanity and chaos that exists within us all.

CAST

Seana McKenna – Lear  

Colin Mochrie – Lear’s Fool

Jim Mezon – Earl of Gloucester   

Kevin Hanchard – Earl of Kent 

Deborah Hay – Goneril 

Diana Donnelly – Regan   

Mercedes Morris – Cordelia 

Antoine Yared Edgar 

Alex Poch-Goldin Duke of Cornwall 

Alex McCooeye – Edmund   

Augusto Bitter – Oswald 

George Meanwell – Composer/Musician 

Graham Hargrove – Musician 

Director
Graham Abbey

Music by
George Meanwell

Associate Director
Brad Hodder

Set and Costume Design
Peter Hartwell

Lighting Design
Kimberly Purtell

Stage Manager
Brian Scott

Production Manager
Ray Salverda

Poster Design
Scott McKowen

Executive Producer
Robert Richardson, Marquis Entertainment

Producer
Anna Kajtar

 


 

ground-ling

definition:

1. A person who stood in the pit of an Elizabethan theatre

2. One that lives or works on or near the ground

 


The Will of the People: Shakespeare Re-invented

Founded in 2011 by acclaimed stage, TV and film actor Graham Abbey, Groundling Theatre Co. is a new Toronto based theatre company committed to producing imaginative, original and accessible productions of Shakespeare’s plays as well as works inspired by Shakespeare, in an effort to educate and inspire a new generation of audiences and artists.

By taking Shakespeare out of its traditional context Groundling Theatre hopes to re-examine and re-interpret the canon, allowing audiences old and new alike to relate the timeless themes contained in Shakespeare’s plays to their own world and the issues relevant to a contemporary Canadian context.

Groundling celebrated its company launch on Sunday, November 27th, 2011 at the Ignatieff Theatre, followed by a cocktail reception at Massey College, University of Toronto. See more details.


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