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The tragedy king comes to the city

Watch the tragic story of King Lear come alive on stage by the students of the National School of Drama.

art and culture Updated: Dec 11, 2011 01:05 IST
Vaishali Bhambri

One of the most popular tragedies of English literature will come alive on stage as the final year students of National School of Drama (NSD) will present their annual production for the year - King Lear by William Shakespeare.

Slated to be performed over four days, the play will be directed by professor Robin Das and will see students of the final year act. “The play is all about ungratefulness of the younger generation to the older one. It’s one of the most beautiful plays of English literature and is all about different shades of the human character, especially the darker side,” says Das. “The very difference between the good and bad is brought out in this unique script,” he adds.

It took the team a little more than a month to prepare for the play. “The play brings out the grey side of the relationship between King Lear and his three daughters - Goneril, Regan and Cordelia, when he decides to divide his realm among them and offer the largest share to the one who loves him best,” says Das.

The students would enact the entire tragedy penned by the great playwright. The lead character of King Lear will be played by Prashant. “The title character descends into madness after foolishly disposing of his estate between two of his three daughters based on their flattery, bringing tragic consequences for all,” he adds.

Shakespeare’s King Lear
The famous tragedy by William Shakespeare was written between 1603 and 1606 and later revised. The play is based on the legend of Leir of Britain, a mythological pre-Roman Celtic king. It has been widely adapted for the stage and motion pictures, and the role of Lear has been played by many of the world’s most accomplished actors.

Catch it live
Who: King Lear
When: December 11-13
Where: Abhimanch Auditorium, National School of Drama
Timings: 6.30 pm onwards
Nearest Metro Station: Mandi House on the Blue Line

Theatre Agenda
Ulti Khopdi
Written and directed by Yasin Khan, this play will be shown as a part of the ongoing Comedy Theatre Festival. The plot revolves around a scientist who discovers a medicine that makes people speak the truth.
Where: Worlds of Wonder (Great India Place Mall), Plot No. A-2, Sector 38 A, Noida
When: December 11
Timings: 6.30 pm onwards
Tickets: No entry fee
Nearest Metro station: Noida Sector 18 on the Blue line

The Weekend Cocktail
Presented by Dramatech, The Weekend Cocktail is a presentation of three one act plays in English. All the three plays are musical comedies. The three plays that will be shown are Sholom Aleichem’s Tevye Wins A Fortune, Roald Dahl’s Lamb To The Slaughter, W Somerset Maugham’s Mr Know All
Where: M.L. Bhartia Auditorium, Alliance Francaise De Delhi, 72, Lodhi Estate
When: December 11
Timings: 7pm onwards
Tickets: R300 available at Bookmyshow.com and at the venue after 2pm
Nearest Metro station: Khan Market

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