Learning from Lear

"We thought we had put the project to bed. We really said goodbye to it. Vowed never to work on it again.” This is what Philip McKee says about his production of LEAR: A Retrospective, a years-long collaboration with Canadian stage legend Clare Coulter

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“We thought we had put the project to bed. We really said goodbye to it. Vowed never to work on it again.”

This is what Philip McKee says about his production of LEAR: A Retrospective, a years-long collaboration with Canadian stage legend Clare Coulter, which is opening tonight as part of Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage Redux.

Clearly, they broke that vow.

This year, the contemporary theatre and dance festival has programmed eight shows that all previously graced the Harbourfront Centre stages. The choice is a reflection on Harbourfront’s past, says Iris Nemani, the organization’s chief programming officer. A look back on where they’ve been and when they’ve been their best.

Each piece chosen—from Yaël Farber’s Mies Julie to Tim Crouch’s My Arm to McKee and Coulter’s LEAR: A Retrospective—was a vital part of the contemporary conversation the year it ran. But, according to Nemani, each still resonates and is relevant today.

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