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3 hours - 10 minutes - one pause
King Lear abdicates and decides to divide his kingdom among his three daughters. Unlike Goneril and Regan, however, the youngest daughter Cordelia refuses to obey the declarations of love that her father wants to hear. She is expelled by the enraged King Lear and disinherited. After the division of the kingdom, the two sisters refuse to take their father in. Betrayed and humiliated, the former king fights his downfall in madness. Conflicts also smolder among his children in the family of the royal counselor Count Gloucester. The illegitimate son Edmund plots against his honorable brother Edgar, but the father seems to be oblivious to the ruse ...
King Lear abdicates and decides to divide his kingdom among his three daughters. In return, he demands that they declare their love for him. Unlike Goneril and Regan, the youngest daughter Cordelia refuses this demand. She is banished and disinherited by the enraged King Lear. After the division of the kingdom, the two sisters refuse to accept their father. Betrayed and humiliated, the former king fights his downfall and goes mad. Conflicts also smolder among the children in the family of the royal advisor Count Gloucester. The illegitimate son Edmund plots against the legitimate brother Edgar, but the father does not want to accept Edmund's cunning... This tragedy about the suffering of the soul, the nature of power and the inexorability of aging is directed by Rafael Sanchez, who most recently staged ODE by Thomas Melle (awarded the Nachspielpreis of the Heidelberg Stückemarkt in 2022) and FRÜCHTE DES ZORNS by John Steinbeck at Schauspiel Köln. Martin Reinke, who has been engaged at Schauspiel Köln for over 30 years, says goodbye to the Cologne audience with the role of King Lear. Press reviews "This is one of those evenings you hope for, every time you enter a theater." Kölnische Rundschau "And Reinke doesn't play the king, Reinke is Lear!" Kölnische Rundschau "A great evening, then, in its furor as in its clarity, and a great farewell." Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger
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