Cal Shakes Lear

Photo of poster from Cal Shakes LearWorld premiere adaptation of Shakespeare’s King Lear.
Set in the Bay Area, this world-premiere translation and adaptation of Shakespeare’s Classic pays homage to the Bay Area in sight and sound. Cal Shakes Lear will feature a live jazz musical accompaniment led by the prolific SF-Based musician and composer, Marcus Shelby.

Returning to Cal Shakes after his acclaimed production of black odyssey, Obie-winning playwright, Marcus Gardley brings his world premiere production of Lear—a deconstruction of the classic story of power, betrayal, and madness—to the Bruns Memorial Amphitheater.

Lear is presented in partnership with Oakland Theater Project and Ply on Shakespeare.

Lear by Marcus Gardley is a world-premiere translation and adaptation of Shakespeare’s King Lear, co-directed by Eric Ting & Dawn Monique Williams with music by Marcus Shelby.

Through October 2nd

Run time
Approximately 2 hours 30 minutes (including intermission)

Grove Talks
45 mins pre-show in the Grove Talk Grove

Are open 2 hours before the show and the cafe will be serving food and drinks.

Bart Shuttle
It is running 2 hours before the show and half an hour afterward to and from Orinda BART. Look for the Shuttle Bus that says Cal Shakes.

Check the weather before you go! It gets very cold at night. Lots of layers, coats, and blankets are recommended!

Content Warning
This performance includes heightened depictions of violent acts, including abuse, murder, and mutilation. If you need to step away during the performance, house staff will assist you when you are ready to return.

The Bruns Amphitheatre is located at 100 California Shakespeare Theater Way in Orinda, about 7 miles from Berkeley and Oakland, just off Highway 24. There’s free parking onsite.

Get all the details and purchase tickets on the Cal Shakes website.

Comments are closed.