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King Lear

Shakespeare in the Park

Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Carl Cofield
Jun 2 — Jun 27, 2021
Shakespeare Glen, Forest Park

Tony, Grammy, and Emmy award-winner André De Shields (Broadway: Hadestown, The Wiz, Ain’t Misbehavin) stars in the titanic title role in William Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy. Directed by Carl Cofield (Associate Artistic Director of the Classical Theatre of Harlem), King Lear is a brilliant return for Shakespeare in Forest Park.

Virtual Playbill

Creative Team


The Festival is generously supported by The Whitaker Foundation, Emerson; Regional Arts Commission; CannonDesign; R.C. Kemper, Jr. Charitable Trust – UMB Bank, NA, Trustee; Arts and Education Council; Switch; The Trio Foundation of St. Louis; Missouri Arts Council; Buckingham Asset Management, LLC; The Gertrude and William A. Bernoudy Foundation; Ameren; Clifford Willard Gaylord Foundation; Missouri Foundation for Health; National Endowment for the Arts; Bayer Foundation; Arts Midwest; The Saigh Foundation; Commerce Bank; and UMB Bank, NA.