world premiere


Philip McKee


About the Performance

Limited Tickets Remaining

Canadian performance legend Clare Coulter steps into the title role of Shakespeare’s King Lear in this intimate and powerful portrait of passing on a legacy, in a family and in the theatre. A reinvigorated and sensitive overturning of a timeless tragedy.

LEAR originally appeared as part of Harbourfront Centre’s HATCH performing arts residency programme in 2011.

Suggested age: 16+

Co-produced by Harbourfront Centre.

About Philip McKee

Philip McKee is an emerging performance maker and director within Canada’s theatre scene. For LEAR, he’s assembled an exciting group of collaborators (including Rose Plotek, Kate Whitehead, Cara Spooner, Kai Hue-Chen, Lindsey Clark, Liz Peterson, James Bunton and Amy Nostbakken) in this surprising staging of a work that investigates decline, and the struggle to let things change as they move towards death.


LEAR – Opening Night Reception

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 –

World Stage goes deeper to deliver a more in-depth performance experience. We invite you to join the World Stage team for food, drinks and discussion at our opening night reception. Admission is free with the purchase of your ticket.

LEAR – talkshow

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 –

World Stage is committed to providing you with live performance of unparalleled quality. Part of that commitment includes exclusive opportunities to engage with the artists and performers involved with the work. Please stay around after the performance for an informative and engaging talkshow. Admission is free with the purchase of your ticket.

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