Ukrainian King Lear coming to the the RSC in Stratford - The Leamington Observer

Ukrainian King Lear coming to the the RSC in Stratford

Leamington Editorial 2nd Jun, 2024 Updated: 4th Jun, 2024   0

A CAST of ordinary working people from war-torn Ukraine are set to tread the boards at the RSC.

Ukraine’s Theatre Studio of IDP’s Uzhik is travelling over 1,500 miles to perform King Lear in Stratford this month.

Having first performed in a small western Ukraine town during the height of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, the company of 12 actors will present their version of Shakespeare’s tragedy exploring the parallels of haunting loss between the experiences of Ukrainian refugees and the themes in the play.

The production, adapted and directed by local activist Vyacheslav Yehorov, will be performed in Ukrainian and is the result of a conversation which began over 12 months ago.

The cast is made up of Ukrainian teachers, students, labourers, salesmen and doctors who have discovered theatre as a therapy as they search for a new meaning in life.

There will be two performances at The Other Place on June 14 and June 15.

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