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National Changgeuk Company of Korea: Lear

Part of K-Music Festival 2024


Discover this visionary restaging of one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies into a spellbinding traditional opera from some of South Korea's leading creatives, performers and musicians.

This major new production, critically acclaimed at its premiere in 2022, retells a familiar story in the form of Changgeuk. This culturally significant and artistically rich theatrical form in Korea, blends music, dance, and drama to create immersive storytelling experiences rooted in Korean tradition and heritage.

Leading creatives include director and choreographer Jung Young-doo, Pai Sam-shik, one of the greatest playwrights of Korea, Pansori scores composed by Han Seung-seok, with music written by Jung Jae-il (ParasiteSquid Game). Lee Tae-Sup’s stunning set design brings a quiet but vibrant world of water on stage, drawing us to the deep, bottomless abyss of the human mind.

The National Changgeuk Company of Korea is part of the National Theatre of Korea, and it has been presenting traditional Korean opera for the past six decades.

Performed in Korean with English surtitles. 

Running time: 3 hours and 10 minutes (including a 20 minute interval)

Age guidance: 12+
This production includes swearing, some violence and fake blood. 


Presented by the Barbican

The National Changgeuk Company of Korea’s presentation of Lear is supported by the Korean Cultural Centre UK as part of the K-Music Festival 2024.

Part of K-Music Festival 2024

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