“King Lear” – Shakespeare’s Game of Thrones

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If you’re looking for political intrigue, dynastic feuding, disguises, storms, bloodshed, and wresting for power, you could tune into HBO’s series “Game of Thrones” or you could see the original source live – Shakespeare’s “King Lear.” “King Lear” has cropped up frequently in the news as of late and recent major productions of the play […]

Short Shakes “Earnest” – Youth Performances

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This spring nine young actors flex their comedy muscles in our Short Shakes Youth Performances of “The Importance of Being Earnest.”  Jack loves Gwendolen. His best friend Algernon loves Cecily, but both ladies are in love with a man named Ernest. Find out how they untangle this comic knot. Short Shakes is more than just […]

First rehearsal for “King Lear”

"'King Lear' was the first piece of theatre that I saw that changed me," said director Sheila Daniels. "I remember seeing it in Ashland when I was 15. It moved me to tears as a witness, and as a frightened, confused teenager, it made me say 'I want to do that. That's what I want to do for a living. I want to make people feel like this.'"

Seattle Shakespeare Company completes its 2013-2014 indoor season this spring with Shakespeare’s tragedy of a family and country splintered by misrule and pride — King Lear directed by Sheila Daniels. The ultimate family drama matched by intense political intrigue, King Lear traces an aging monarch’s descent into madness. Weary of his royal duties, King Lear […]

2014-2015 Season Announced – Lead Us Into Temptation

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Artistic Director George Mount announced the company’s plans for 2014-2015 that include expanding to five plays for its indoor season, the return of directors Jon Kretzu and John Langs, and the mainstage directing debuts of Desdemona Chiang and Makaela Pollock. “Many of the projects in this coming year have been in the works for several […]

Charting ‘Earnest’

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When a director sets out to stage a play, it’s a journey of discovery, and at times you really wish you had a road map to help get you to where you want to be.  We stumbled upon this fun info graphic created to map out Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest.” It brings […]

Such Sweet Thunder on KPLU

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Seattle Shakespeare Company was part of a sensational concert in February with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra – Such Sweet Thunder: The Duke Meets the Bard. If you missed the concert or just want to relive the experience, tune in Jim Wilke’s program Jazz Northwest on Sunday, March 9 at 2 PM to KPLU 88.5 […]

First Rehearsal for “Earnest”

Act I set model for "The Importance of Being Earnest."

    Only one other writer could compete with Shakespeare for the title of the most quoted playwright, and that is Oscar Wilde. Seattle Shakespeare Company produces their first production of a Wilde play with The Importance of Being Earnest directed by Victor Pappas this spring. The Importance of Being Earnest is Oscar Wilde’s last […]

Casting News for King Lear

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Our cast for “King Lear” is nearly complete and we’re thrilled with the company that will be joining us for the production this spring. Dan Kremer will play the title role of Lear. Dan just finished up his run as John of Gaunt in our “Richard II.” Joining him as Lear’s daughters Goneril, Regan, and […]