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Stage Russia: King Lear

Renowned Russian actor Konstantn Raikin takes on the role of Lear in Yury Butusov's production of Shakespeare's tragedy.

Yury Butusov's brilliant, award-winning staging of King Lear tells us a story in which the collapse of a family, the collapse of a country, and the collapse of an individual are all connected to each other.

In Shakespeare's classic work, Lear imagined himself to be God's equal - and so he divided his kingdom between his daughters just to see what would happen.

Featuring 4 time Golden Mask Award-winning actor Konstantn Raikin as Lear.



In Russian with English subtitle

170 min including one 15 min interval

Originally a graduate of a shipbuilding institute, Yury Butusov, worked in a variety of professions, including equestrian riding. In the early 90s, Butusov, at the age of 33 embarked on a career in theater, and immediately had a huge impact. His graduate work, Waiting for Godot, was staged in St Petersburg and called 'The event of the year'. Since then, he has staged productions at the most renowned theaters in Moscow, including the Vakhtangangov Theatre, The Satirikon Theatre, The Moscow Art Theatre and the Pushkin Theatre and was artistic director at St Petersburg's Lensoviet Theatre for 7 years. Overseas, he has directed performances in South Korea, Poland, Norway and Bulgaria and is a winner of multiple directing awards.


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