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Actors from the London Stage to perform 'King Lear'

Nov. 12-14: The Berea College Theatre Laboratory continues its 2009-10 season with William Shakespeare's "King Lear," opening November 12 and continuing through November 14. Performances are at 8 p.m. in the McGaw Theatre, Jelkyl Building.

Actors from the London Stage perform "King Lear."

The Actors from the London Stage is a traveling troupe that performs Shakespeare's plays in their entirety with only the five actors in the group and minimal set and costume pieces. Their mission is "to make exciting Shakespeare, performed by fine professional actors, available and affordable to American colleges and universities in the context of an extraordinary, weeklong teaching experience." (http://www.nd.edu/~aftls/mission/)

"King Lear" follows the story of an aging king who decides to divide his realm amongst his three daughters. He begins by asking which one of them loves him the most. When the favored daughter, Cordelia, refuses to flatter him, she is disinherited and banished, and Lear's nightmare begins.

While at Berea, the troupe will visit classes on campus and work with students in a variety of subjects.

Tickets range in price from five to $10 and can be reserved by calling the Theatre Box Office at (859)-985-3300 Monday through Friday 1-5 p.m. and one hour prior to curtain. Admission for Berea College students is free, but a valid ID is needed to receive a ticket. November 13 is a convocation performance.

A sign-interpreted performance is scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday, November 13.

It is expected that most, if not all, performances will be sold out; advance reservations are strongly suggested.

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