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Internet Shakespeare Editions

Shakespeare in Performance: Stage Production

King Lear (2006, Yellow Earth Theatre)

TitleKing Lear
Theater CompanyYellow Earth Theatre
Release LocationsCanada
Start Date2006-11-15
End Date2006-11-18
Audiencegeneral public
Play ConnectionsKing Lear (adaptation)


Lear hands over control of his global business empire to his daughters. In his Shanghai penthouse, he asks them to justify their inheritance. The older sisters flatter their father in elegant Chinese but English educated Cordelia, no longer fluent in her father’s tongue, says “Nothing” and the loss of face sends Lear into a spiral of fury and madness. This bold UK premiere of Shakespeare’s famous tragedy is given an exciting modern spin with Britain’s award winning YET and China’s contemporary SDAC, featuring Chinese movie star Zhou Yemang as Lear. Using video, music and aerial work, this version addresses the miscommunication that arises from migration and Lear’s search for Taoist enlightenment.

Assistant SIP Editors — Added 2014-05-15

Cast Overview

King LearYemang Zhou
Duke of AlbanyDavid Yip
Earl of GloucesterDavid Yip

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorDavid Tse Ka-Shing

Company Overview

Theater Company Yellow Earth Theatre

Production information courtesy of: Assistant SIP Editors