A feverish woman sits enthroned. She could be your grandmother, your mother, your sister, your spouse, yourself. Set in the final days of Queen Elizabeth I -with a contemporary twist- Artistic Director of Toronto’s Ecce Homo Theatre Alistair Newtonre-imagines Shakespeare’s monumental family saga King Lear from a female perspective, with multiple award-winning stage and screen veteran Diane D’Aquilatransforming in to Shakespeare’s infamous monarch. As a method of dividing her kingdom in three-parts, Queen Lear demands that her daughters, Goneril, Regan, and Cordelia compete in declarations of their love for her. Misjudging her children’s loyalty, she soon finds herself in the middle of a civil war, stripped of her family, kingdom and crown. In this troublingly familiar world beset by absolute beliefs and corrupted by power, is redemption possible?
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