Krape's strong performance as a person of power was not bound to gender, but to her skill and experience as an actor." - weekendnotes


King Lear sees two ageing fathers – one King, one courtier – misjudge the loyalty of their children, catapulting them both into a violent power struggle that forces them to realise their false values and confront their own humanity.

Melbourne Shakespeare Company’s moving contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy – King Lear is a tender, violent, and intimate exploration of old age portrayed in all its vulnerability, pride, folly and wisdom. 


"Casting legendary Melbourne veteran Evelyn Krape in the title role is an inspired choice, both for the impact of seeing a female play the type of role that would once have only been written for a man but also for the sheer depth of her acting skills."

"Evelyn Krape is majestic as Lear. 5 stars"
Arts Hub Melbourne

"Melbourne Shakespeare Company’s production of King Lear is an intelligent and enjoyable interpretation of this classic."



LEAR: The Documentary

Take a look behind the scenes of Melbourne Shakespeare Company's production of King Lear, performed at Melbourne's Forty-five Downstairs in 2021.


Cast - Andrew Dang, Annabelle Tudor, Anthea Davis, Augustin Tchantcho, Claire Nicholls, Don Bridges, Evelyn Krape, Isabella Ferrer, John Reed, Johnathan Peck, Kayla Hamill, Kevin Hopkins, Matthew Connell

Venue - FortyFive Downstairs

Director - Ayesha Gibson 
Creative Director - Jennifer Dean 
Producer - Michael Mack 
Stage Manager - Teri Steer
Costume Design - Aislinn Naughton
Lighting Designer - Alex Blackwell 

Sound Designer - Ben Keene
Set Designer - Hayley James 
Fight Choreographer - John Reed 
Marketing - Jennifer Dean
Graphic Design - Michael Mack

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