May 18, 2016
IU associate professor Murray McGibbon recently presented the first original pronunciation performance of William Shakespeare’s “King Lear” since the 17th century.
The “New Frontiers Special Production: The King Lear Project” was staged earlier this month at the Wells-Metz Theatre, and allowed participants to hear scenes performed in the language as it was spoken when it was directed by Shakespeare.
The play was presented in a dystopian landscape, meant to accentuate the rough-hewn sound of original pronunciation. The show was made possible by a grant from IU’s New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities program.
Additional information about the special performance is available online.