W. Shakespeare: King Lear

Of all of Shakespeare’s dramas, King Lear needs to be ushered into the landscape more than any other, and, as Kott observed, even the most daring set design is an arbitrary and inadequate decoration.  King Lear’s introduction into the landscape and choice of time-frame constantly raise the question: When and where?

LOCATION: Fortress Minor, Mali Brijun
LANGUAGE: Croatian
SUBTITLES: English (27/07/2017)
PRODUCTION: Theatre Ulysses
DURATION: 3,5 hours, one interval

 

ABOUT THE PLAY

The idea to stage King Lear on Mali Brijun – an island, a fortress, a former Austro-Hungarian fortification hailing from the conclusion of World War I and the dissolution of the Hapsburg Empire –is the theatre’s response to this question of when and where. It was a time when a new map of Europe was being drawn up. The stuff of dreams or of folly? What is folly to power-brokers and what is their relation to folly? this production of King Lear asks. Folly as a profession (The Fool), a choice (Lear), a result of suffering (Kent, Edgar), as a shield for exiles and outlaws, a search for shelter, a refuge from the mundane, pragmatic folly of the greedy and the scheming. Foreboding and malevolence, the age-old companions of every throne, carry misfortune and bad blood, while righteousness miraculously regenerates itself in the process. Sooner or later, all folly is transformed into horrific insanity. Whatever its form, it no longer distinguishes between hatred and compassion. How does it feel to run for shelter and glance back at the devastation in your wake? Who will ascend the throne after Lear?

And what is a throne? What is a European throne after 1918, the time frame of this theatre production? All these questions are raised in this production of King Lear in this historic setting which reflects Europe’s turbulent past. This production requires a first-rate performance, a labour of love from those involved, far from routine theatricals in an exotic environment. Beauty carries responsibility.

 

 

 

Shows

  • Regular show
    10.08.2018 19:30
  • Regular show
    11.08.2018 19:30
  • Regular show
    12.08.2018 19:30
  • Regular show
    09.08.2018 19:30

Director: LENKA UDOVIČKI

Adaptation: BORISLAV VUJČIĆ

Set Design: RICHARD HOWER, DAMIR MEDVEDŠEK

Costume Design: JAGODA BUIĆ – WUTTKE

Light Design: MILJENKO BENGEZ,

Choreographers: KATE FOLEY, ANI UDOVIČKI

Composer and conductor: NIGEL OSBORNE

Language Advisor: MARINA VUJČIĆ

Assistant Director: MARIN LUKANOVIĆ

 

Lear, King of Britain RADE ŠERBEDŽIJA

King of France JURE IVANUŠIĆ and IVAN ĐURIČIĆ

Duke of Burgundy MARKO JURAGA

Duke of Cornwall, Husband to Regan FILIP DETELIĆ

Duke of Albany, Husband to Goneril NENAD CVETKO

Earl of Kent ZORAN GOGIĆ

Earl of Gloucester MIODRAG KRIVOKAPIĆ

Edgar, Son to Gloucester, Bojan KRIVOKAPIĆ

Edmund, Bastard Son to Gloucester FRANO MAŠKOVIĆ

Oswald, Steward to Goneril LOVRO IVANKOVIĆ

Fool MLADEN VASARY

First Knight, Messenger DUŠKO GOJIĆ

Goneril, Daughter to Lear KSENIJA MARINKOVIĆ

Regan, Daughter to Lear LUCIJA ŠERBEDŽIJA

Cordelia, Daughter to Lear ANJA SABOL

Guide to Gloucester ANDREA MURAJA

King’s Orchestra Mostarska sinfonietta

Vox populi Putokazi

Conductor Tijana Vignjević