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By William Shakespeare
Directed by Lisa Harrow
Producer: Oliver Rosser
Executive Producers: Sam Neill, Alan Smythe
presented by Auckland Summer Shakespeare

at Old Arts Quad of the Maidment Theatre, Auckland
From 1 Mar 2013 to 30 Mar 2013

Reviewed by:  Lexie MathesonJames Wenley (Theatre Scenes - Auckland Theatre Blog); Paul Simei-Barton (New Zealand Herald);


Starring: Michael Neill, Michael Hurst, Calum Gittins, Kate Watson, Peter Stevens, Michael Noonan, Anthea Hill, Geoff Snell … 

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 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
Old Arts Plaza, The University of Auckland
Adults $30, Group (10+) $25, Students $19
Tickets on sale now from The Maidment Theatre or 09 308 2383  

King Lear:  Michael Neill
Goneril:  Lucinda Hare
Regan:  Kate Watson
Cordelia:  Anthea Hill
Albany:  Bruce De Grut
Cornwall:  Luke Thornborough
Gloucester:  Geoff Snell
Kent:  Peter Stevens
Edgar:  Andrew Paterson
Edmund:  Calum Gittins
Oswald:  #1 Tom Bishop
Oswald:  #2 Caleb Wells
Fool:  Michael Hurst
France:  Gorjan Markovski
Burgundy:  Nick McDuff
A Doctor:  Carl DeVere
Lear's Knight:  Matt Norton
Cornwall Servant:  Ben Walker
Old Man:  Michael Noonan 

Set Designer:  Jessika Verryt
Costume Designer:  Gayle Jackson 
Lighting Designer:  Brad Gledhill

Stage Manager:  Fiona Ryan
Production Manager:  Theresa Hanaray
Administrator:  Sam Durbin
Assistant Producer:  Natalie Braid
Assistant Director:  Anna Francino
Beneficiary Manager:  Anthea Hill
Technical Manager:  Sam Mence