Twists from cast wring new life out of King Lear review

first_img Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement The opening of King Lear this week marks the 35th anniversary of Canadian Stage’s summer Shakespeare component of its annual programming, Shakespeare in High Park, the longest-running outdoor theatre series in Canada. This King Lear also stars actress Diane D’Aquila in the gender-swapped title role, a Canadian theatre vet who performed as Titania in the first-ever High Park production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 1983.But this King (or Queen) Lear is also a testament to the mercy that outdoor theatre productions must throw themselves to the elements: even with such a storied cast and program, opening night was still buzzy with the threat of rain from dark, cloudy skies overhead, and the last-minute casting change that required director Alistair Newton to take the stage (script in hand) to play Lear’s Fool, when actor Robert Persichini had to withdraw from the next week of performances due to health reasons. Besides being a wholesome summer tradition, outdoor theatre is often the definition of “the show must go on.” (Looking on the bright side, there were no outbursts from political protesters at this performance.)READ MORE LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebooklast_img

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