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King Lear

© JU Bochum

By William Shakespeare
Staging: Johan Simons

King Lear is considered the pinnacle of theatre, difficult to ascend but affording from its heights a glimpse into the abyss. It is a royal drama which begins with the elderly king declaring a rhetorical contest between his three daughters, disinheriting the youngest, dividing his kingdom in two and relinquishing power. But instead of embarking on a peaceful retirement, Lear is launched upon an odyssey, during which he will lose all the certainties he previously held.

This is an endgame in which the old order is broken down and values are laid to waste, in the midst of which a raging storm may herald the arrival of nothing at all. Or of something new.


With Mourad Baaiz / Patrick Berg / Pierre Bokma / Konstantin Bühler / Anna Drexler / Ann Göbel / Stefan Hunstein / Michael Lippold / Steven Scharf
Johan Simons
new translation
Miroslava Svolikova
Koen Tachelet
Co-work editing
Angela Obst
Set Design
Johannes Schütz
Greta Goiris
Costumes Assistance
Flora Kruppa
Sound concept
Warre Simons
Sound design
Robin Koek
Lennart Laberenz
Bernd Felder
Koen Tachelet, Angela Obst

A production by Schauspielhaus Bochum

  • 3h (with interval)
  • Zürich­-Premiere: 8 December 2020, Pfauen
  • Also interesting for ages 16
  • 🛈 Until further notice, due to the pandemic, we will not be providing live introductions before the performance, but will make them available online on our Soundcloud account and on this page.

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