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Check out scenes from recent original pronunciation performance of ‘King Lear’

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.

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