King Lear

Tragedy - Revival

City Center

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  • Opening Date: January 12, 1956
  • Closing Date: January 29, 1956
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  • Performances: 21

Playwright: William Shakespeare


In William Shakespeare's royal-family tragedy, the aging King Lear divides his estate between his three daughters, ultimately refusing his youngest and favorite her share because she won't publicly admit her love for him. The decision leads to chaos and treachery within the kingdom and madness for its monarch.


Opening Night Cast

Orson Welles in King Lear Orson Welles King Lear of Britain
Art Alisi Officer
David Anthony Officer
Jack Aronson Tenant to Gloucester
Julian Barry Officer
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Opening Night Production Credits

William Shakespeare William Shakespeare Playwright
Orson Welles Orson Welles Director
  Emerson Crocker Associate Director
  Theodore Cooper Scenic Design
  Robert Fletcher Costume Design
  Gilman Haskell Company Manager
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