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Christopher Lloyd Will Lead Shakespeare & Company's KING LEAR

The company will also produce BECOMING OTHELLO: A Black Girl's Journey and Shakespeare's Measure For Measure.

Christopher Lloyd Will Lead Shakespeare & Company's KING LEAR

Shakespeare & Company will launch its 2021 season with a production of Shakespeare's King Lear, featuring acclaimed actor and three-time Emmy winner Christopher Lloyd. Directed by Nicole Ricciardi, King Lear will run July 2 through August 29.

Widely regarded as one of Shakespeare's most moving tragedies, King Lear tells the tale of the once-powerful king as he chooses to divide his kingdom among his three daughters, setting in motion one of Shakespeare's most challenging and notable pieces of work.

During a career spanning more than four decades, Lloyd made movie history with his iconic portrayal of "Doc Brown" in the Back to the Future trilogy. His wide-ranging credits include the films The Addams Family, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Dennis The Menace, Angels in the Outfield, To Be or Not to Be, Clue, and Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, as well as the beloved television series, Taxi. Among his many theatre credits, Lloyd has appeared in Broadway productions of Morning's at Seven, Happy End, and Red, White and Maddox and off-Broadway in The Caucasian Chalk Circle and Happy End. Lloyd has won three Primetime Emmy Awards (two for Taxi, one for Road to Avonlea) and an Independent Spirit Award. He has also been nominated for two Saturn Awards and a Daytime Emmy Award.

A director, actor, producer, and instructor, Ricciardi has created work for Primary Stages, Youngblood/Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Flea Theater, the Drama Book Shop, Chelsea Repertory Lab, Two River Theater Company, Shadow Lawn Stage, Circle East Theatre Company, Bushwick Arts, Irish Repertory Theater, Central Square Theatre (Boston), and New Century Theatre. At Shakespeare & Company, Ricciardi has directed productions of Time Stands Still, Creditors, and 4000 Miles.

King Lear will be the first production in The New Spruce Theatre, a new outdoor amphitheater situated underneath the towering spruce trees on the Shakespeare & Company campus. King Lear will also mark a triumphant return to live, in-person performances after the originally-scheduled 2020 season was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Shakespeare & Company will also offer two powerful productions in the Roman Garden Theatre. BECOMING OTHELLO: A Black Girl's Journey, an autobiographical solo show written and performed by Debra Ann Byrd and directed by Tina Packer, runs July 16 to 25 in the Roman Garden Theatre. A workshop production of Shakespeare's Measure For Measure, directed by Alice Reagan, runs September 1 to September 5. In addition, the Company will feature a lineup of contemporary productions to be announced soon!

Shakespeare & Company believes live theatre connects us all in the universal pursuit of a purposeful existence and reveals through storytelling the meaning of our humanity. The Company approaches its forthcoming season with a renewed and continuing commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility.

In addition, Shakespeare & Company takes the safety of its guests, artists, and staff seriously. At all performances, audiences will be required to wear masks, socially distance, adhere to state public health recommendations, and abide by all rules outlined in the COVID-19 Code of Courtesy.

Shakespeare & Company donors of $100 or more are able to purchase tickets early! Tickets for donors go on sale on April 22. Tickets for FLEXpass holders will be available for purchase on April 27. General ticket sales begin April 29.

Note: FLEXpasses purchased this year may be redeemed through 2022. Those who received a credit for their 2020 season FLEXpasses will also be eligible to redeem them through 2022. Please check the Shakespeare & Company website for rain policy information once tickets go on sale.

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