Shakespeare's Globe

King Lear [2012]

Written by: William Shakespeare
Directed by: Vladimir Shcherban
Adapted by: Nicolai Khalezin

Part of the 2012 Globe to Globe Festival.

Performed in Belarusian by the Belarus Free Theatre, from Minsk, Belarus. 

Belarus Free Theatre was founded in March 2005 by husband and wife team Nicolai Khalezin and Natalia Kaliada, and are joined by Vladimir Shcherban. Their performances in Belarus are held secretely, in small private apartments, the location of which, due to the risk of persecution, must constantly be changed. Despite suffering every form of intimidation and harassment, BFT continue to produce great theatre that is recognised internationally.


Lear, king of Britain, insists his three daughters compete in expressing their love for him, to win parts of the realm. Cordelia, the youngest and truest, refuses and is disinherited and banished to France, leaving everything to Lear’s selfish older daughters. Ungrateful and unheeding, they turn their aging father out of house and home. As Britain prepares for war with France, families are torn apart and loyalties strained by the power hungry sisters and their scheming new ally, Edmund, the illegitimate son of Gloucester.

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