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Lear ()

Produced by

Groundling Theatre Company

Director: Graham Abbey
Playwright: William Shakespeare


Harbourfront Centre Theatre


January 9th, 2018 – January 28th, 2018


Widely considered Shakespeare’s masterpiece, Lear tells the story of an aging monarch’s loosening grip on the reigns of power and the slow, lonely descent into madness that follows. This production promises to bring new life to Shakespeare’s classic tale, challenging our assumptions about familial loyalty and the fragile balance of sanity and chaos that exists within us all. (


Seana McKenna Lear
Colin Mochrie Fool / Doctor
Jim Mezon Earl of Gloucester
Kevin Hanchard Earl of Kent / Officer
Deborah Hay Goneril
Diana Donnelly Regan
Mercedes Morris Cordelia
Antoine Yared Edgar / France
Alex McCooeye Edmund
Alex Poch-Goldin Duke of Cornwall / Knight / Messenger / Captain
Karl Ang Duke of Albany / Cornwall Servant
Augusto Bitter Oswald / Burgundy / Gentleman
Ron Kennell Fool (alternate)
George Meanwell Old Man / Heraldn

Creative Team

Graham Abbey Director
William Shakespeare Playwright
Peter Hartwell Set Designer
Peter Hartwell Costume Designer
Kimberly Purtell Lighting Designer
George Meanwell Composer
Brad Hodder Associate Director
John Stead Fight Director
Anita Nittoly Assistant Fight Director
Edmund Stapleton Assistant Director


George Meanwell Musician
Graham Hargrove Musician


Sydney Cavanagh Production Coordinator
Brian Scott Stage Manager
Gregory McLaughlin Assistant Stage Manager
Karl Ang Fight Captain
Gerry Altenburg Special Effects Makeup
Jen Cooper Assistant Production Manager
Robert Richardson Producer
Rosie Driscoll Company Manager
Rosie Driscoll Associate Producer


Duncan Morgan Manager, Technical Production
Billy Burgomaster Head Audio
Bennett Hyslop Head Lighting
Harrison Bye Head Stage Carpenter