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King Lear
King Lear

By William Shakespeare

June 22 - September 10, 2022
Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre
Sponsored by
The Crocker Catalyst Foundation

Deluded by lies and flattery, old King Lear has sorely misjudged his daughters, placing himself into the cruel hands of his two ambitious daughters and spurning the youngest, the one who truly loves him. Only when alone and driven mad on the English heath does he realize his epic mistakes in this, Shakespeare’s stormiest tragedy.

Artistic Staff

Director—Vincent J. Cardinal
Scenic Designer—Linda Buchanan
Costume Designer—Michiko Kitayama Skinner
Lighting Designer—Stephen C. Jones
Sound Designer/Original Music Composer—Joe Payne
Music Director—Brandon Scott Grayson
Dramaturg—Ashley M. Thomas
Voice and Text Coach—Philip Thompson
Fight Director—Paul Dennhardt
Intimacy Director—Caitlyn Herzlinger
Stage Manager—Sarah Goshman
Assistant Stage Manager—Emily Marie Wilke

Scene: Britain
There will be one intermission.


Earl of Kent—René Thornton Jr.
Earl of Gloucester—Chris Mixon
Edmund, a bastard son to GloucesterPhilip Orazio
Lear, king of BritainAnthony Heald
Goneril, daughter to LearLisa Strum
Regan, daughter to Lear—Stephanie Lambourn
Cordelia, daughter to LearKendall Cafaro
Duke of Cornwall, husband to ReganTim Fullerton
Duke of Albany, husband to GonerilJohn Bixler
Curan, a courierNicholas Denhalter
King of France—Luke Sidney Johnson
Duke of Burgundy—Jeremy Thompson
Edgar, son of GloucesterFreedom Martin
Oswald, steward to GonerilMaurice-Aimé Green
Fool, to LearAidan O’Reilly
Doctor—Rob Tucker†
Old Man, tenant to GloucesterRob Tucker
Knight Commander—Steven Jensen
Knights—Phillip Brown, Nicholas Denhalter, Nathan Haltiwanger, Luke Sidney Johnson, Mark Saunders, Jeremy Thompson, Rob Tucker, Braedon Young, Brandon Zicker
Messengers—Phillip Brown, Braedon Young
Captain—Luke Sidney Johnson
Herald—Jeremy Thompson
Beggars—Phillip Brown, Braedon Young
Attendants—Phillip Brown, Nicholas Denhalter, Nathan Haltiwanger, Mark Saunders, Jeremy Thompson, Braedon Young, Brandon Zicker


Anatasha Blakely— Goneril/Regan; Phillip Brown—Doctor/Old Man/Knight Commander/Knight; Nicholas Denhalter‡—Duke of Cornwall/Duke of Albany/King of France/Captain/Knight; Steven Jensen—Gloucester; Jeremy Thompson—Earl of Kent/Edmund; René Thornton Jr.†—Lear; Amara Webb—Cordelia/Fool; Braedon Young—Curan/Duke of Burgundy/Herald/Knight/Servant; Brandon Zicker‡—Edgar/Oswald

Understudies never substitute for listed players unless an announcement is made prior to the performance.

†Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.

Appearing courtesy of the Southern Utah University Fellowship Program.

The director and fight director are working on contract with the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, a national theatrical labor union.

The scenery, costume, sound, and lighting designers are represented by the United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829 of the IATSE.

Videotaping or other video or audio recording of this production is strictly prohibited.


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Study Guide
Content Advisory

King Lear is one of Shakespeare’s grandest tragedies and contains some violence and Shakespeare’s usual sexual puns and innuendo. Thus, it may not be suitable for some preteens.


Approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes

Artwork by Cully Long.
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