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Actors From The London Stage Perform ‘King Lear’ At Rice University

We learn about their production and about King Lear’s relevance in 2019 America.

The Actors From The London Stage to perform King Lear at Rice University’s Hamman Hall. (L-R): Richard James-Neale, Tricia Kelly, Jonathan Dryden Taylor, Ffion Jolly, and Fred Lancaster


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In 1975, actor Patrick Stewart founded a traveling theatre company called Actors From The London Stage, which visits universities around the world.

This year's troupe — member of which all hail from prestigious theater companies including the Royal Shakespeare Company and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre — are coming to Houston to perform their production of Shakespeare's tragedy King Lear at Rice University Jan. 31 — Feb. 2.

In the audio above, Craig Cohen chats with troupe members Fred Lancaster and Jonathan Dryden Taylor and with local Shakespeare expert Joe Campana about Lear and its relevance in 2019 America.