A Shakespeare Weekend: Stage Production of King Lear Steams Free

A Shakespeare Weekend: Stage Production of King Lear Steams Free

The Stratford Festival's King Lear, an acclaimed production that sets a modern spin on the Shakespearean classic, is streaming now globally for free.

An aging monarch resolves to divide his kingdom among his three daughters, with consequences he little expects. His reason shattered in the storm of violent emotion that ensues, with his very life hanging in the balance, Lear loses everything that has defined him as a king – and thereby discovers the essence of his own humanity.

Here's how to stream King Lear this weekend:



Located in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, the acclaimed festival is North America’s largest classical repertory theatre company. Every season, the theater company presents at least a dozen productions in four distinctive venues - producing classics, contemporary dramas, and even musicals, all with special emphasis on the plays of Shakespeare.

This weekend's presentation will be King Lear - a 2015 production filmed live at the festival for worldwide audiences. The live capture was released in the US in cinemas thanks to Fathom Events, and will now stream globally for free through Broadway on Demand. A direct link to the free stream has been added to our list of free musicals and plays.

In their review for The Globe And Mail, J. Kelly Nestruck said: "There are moments in King Lear, and particularly in the Stratford Festival's new production of the play starring Colm Feore, that will ring absolutely real to anyone who has watched an ageing relative losing his mind to dementia. Dark and dully designed by Eo Sharp, Cimolino's production is in its element in such intimate moments, often defined by human touch."

The cast in the filmed production includes Colm Feore as King Lear, Liisa Repo-Martell as Regan, Jonathan Goad as kent, Mike Shara as Cornwall, and Evan Buliung as Edgar. The production is directed by Antoni Cimolino and runs 2 hours and 36 minutes.

More Stratford productions will be available to stream throughout the month of January - stay tuned!