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King Lear at Western University

Emily Stewart, a student at Western University submitted this article.

Western Summer Shakespeare presents “King Lear” in the University College courtyard. The show features undergraduate and graduate students.

Cast and crew of King Lear

Marcus Brown, who plays Edgar in the tragic production, spoke with me about performing in the courtyard.

“It’s nice to perform Shakespeare outside because it sort of has an old-timey quality to it and you’re surrounded by the garden itself and all of the nice stone architecture,” he said.

Scroll down for the full interview with Brown

“We really have a lot of space to work with, so when one scene is ending it will overlap with another scene,” said Brown, adding the overlap is particularly effective when characters are headed to war.

King Lear cast members rehearsing

If it is raining outside, “King Lear” is moved to Conron Hall (room 224) in University College.

Brown noted that performing indoors “adds a layer of darkness to the first half of the play that wouldn’t naturally be there”.

Marcus Brown (right) with Jack Morlog

Marcus Brown (right) with Jack Morlog. Photo uploaded by Helen Wrack-Adams on the Facebook event for “Western Summer Shakespeare presents King Lear”

“King Lear” runs until Saturday, July 13th.

The performance begins at 7:30 in the UC courtyard.

Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for adults, and can be purchased at the door.

Visit the Facebook event page for “King Lear” by clicking here.

To follow Western’s “King Lear” on Twitter, click here.

Listen to Emily Stewart’s interview with Marcus Brown.

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