Ends Aug 08
King Lear
Midtown W
84

King Lear NYC Reviews and Tickets

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Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Not will

About the Show

"King Lear" but with Nahum Tate’s 1681 happy ending, which was popular in England for over 150 years until Shakespeare’s original tragic text was restored in 1838.

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Not will, Great acting, Great staging, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you want to see a very entertaining outdoor show in a relaxed setting. Great acting and direction.

Don't see it if you don't want a show that steals and perverts Shakespeare's characters and plot lines and goes for a very silly ending

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Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you love Shakespeare in a COVID-safe outdoor setting and appreciate a panoramic presentation that is enthusiastically performed

Don't see it if it appalls you to see King Lear performed with a happy ending, even if this ending was standard practice for centuries

Critic Reviews (1)

July 12th, 2021

"Much of the production is a fast-moving, tightly edited 'Lear,' until the wrap-up, in which the monarchy is restored, lovers are reunited, villains are vanquished, and virtue is generally triumphant...It has the effect of diluting what may be Shakespeare's greatest work; a kind of premodern glimpse into an abyss of evil becomes a furious melodrama that ends surprisingly, unconvincingly well...In any case, the cast's enthusiasm and evident of love of language make the evening a positive pleasure."
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