Belarus Free Theatre's

King Lear

February 5 - 14, 2016

Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare

A World's Stage Production
from Belarus
by William Shakespeare
directed by Vladimir Shcherban
adapted by Nicolai Khalezin

★★★★ (of 4) This not-to-be-missed... feels like a great howl of rage suffused with mortality and absurdity.

Chicago Tribune

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The Play

Belarus Free Theatre returns to Chicago following widely acclaimed productions of Being Harold Pinter and Minsk 2011, a reply to Kathy Acker. Featuring tempestuous poetic language and shot through with touches of humor and moments of heart-rending simplicity, this production is one of the most striking and relevant artistic explorations of the human condition. Founded in 2005 under Europe’s last surviving dictatorship, Belarus Free Theatre is one of the most outspoken critics of Belarus’ repressive regime and is banned from performing in their own country. Many company members have served time in prison, lost their jobs, gone into hiding or been exiled. Despite this, the company continues to create award-winning work with the support of artists around the world.

Performed in Belarusian with projected English translation.



Video: King Lear Trailer

Gallery: On Stage


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About Belarus Free Theatre

Challenging the dictatorship's censorship, company members are banned from performing in the country and live in exile.
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Critical Acclaim

"Beautifully staged. The production gives us a glimpse of what it must be like to live under a whimsically irrational dictatorship."
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The Players

Creative Team

Vladimir Shcherban Director / Editor / Designer / Costume Designer

Nicolai Khalezin Adapter / Executive Producer

Natalia Kaliada Executive Producer / Costume Designer

Alex Shyrnevich Costume Designer

Pavel Arakelian Original Musical Reprise

Sviatlana Yafimava Vocal Coach

Elias Faingersh Musician

Yurka Hauruk Poetic Translation into Belarusian

Marty Moore Production Manager

Svetlana Sugako Stage Manager

Nadia Brodskaya Company Manager / Surtitles

Fenella Dawnay Original Producer

Clare Robertson General Manager and Producer


Victoria Biran Cordelia

Yuriy Dalivelya Duke of Albany

Elias Faingersh Fool

Kiryl Kanstantsinau Edmund

Siarhei Kvachonak Edgar / Poor Tom / Duke of Burgandy

Pavel Radak-Haradnitski Earl of Gloucester

Yana Rusakevich Goneril

Maryia Sazonaya King of France / Announcer

Yuliya Shauchuk Oswald

Aleh Sidorchyk King Lear

Dzianis Tarasenka Earl of Kent

Andrei Urazau Duke of Cornwall

Maryna Yurevich Regan

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