King Lear

September 28, 29, October 4, 5, 6 at 7:30 p.m. September 30 and October 7, at 2 p.m.

Ready to “shake off the cares and business from our age,” King Lear stages a love test with his three daughters to give away his kingdom to the one who loves him most. What results is the breaking of family bonds and unleashing of tragic forces in the kingdom as Lear confronts the nature of human existence: love and loss, power and futility, pride and humility, and good and evil.

Theatre Professor Karen Libman directs King Lear with her amazing talent for storytelling and empathy. In the role of Lear, Brian Webb Russell joins our company of talented students, creative faculty and staff, and professional guest artists collaborating to bring Shakespeare to life.  Russell was last seen on our stage in the role of Paroles in Libman’s 2015 All’s Well That Ends Well. He has played many memorable parts with our Festival, such as Richard III in our 2012 production, and Oberon in our Bollywood-style version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2008.

The Mainstage festival production features visiting professional guest artists and Grand Valley students. 

Recommended for ages 8 and up. No children under school age admitted. 

Tickets and Admission to Events
Tickets to King Lear

General Admission $14
Faculty, Staff, Alumni, and Seniors $12
Students and Groups (10 or more) $6

Box Office, Louis Armstrong Theatre, Thomas J. and Marcia J. Haas Center for Performing Arts, Allendale Campus
Hours: M−F, 10 a.m.−5 p.m. and one hour prior to performances
(616) 331-2300

For more ticket information, visit the Box Office

Additional Events for King Lear (Coming Soon)

Guest Artists (Coming Soon)



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