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Lear at the Samuel Beckett Theatre

We’ve teamed up with John Scott’s Irish Modern Dance Theatre to give you and a friend the chance to win one of five pairs of tickets to their gender-bending adaptation of Shakespeare’s King Lear by John Scott and Valda Setterfield.


We want you, our lovely readers, to go to the opening night performance of Lear at 7.30pm on Saturday 22nd in the Samuel Beckett Theatre, Trinity College.

Enter below to win a pair of tickets to see the show and in the words of Lear may ‘Fortune love you’!



About The Show

Following a hugely successful run in New York earlier this year, John Scott brings dance legend Valda Setterfield and his Lear project back to Ireland for shows in Cork and Dublin.

Setterfield, who has worked with Woody Allen, Caryl Churchill, Richard Foreman, Brian De Palma, Ivo van Hove and Marie Rambert, plays King Lear, giving a profoundly moving performance that explores the unravelling of a universe, parental love, fear of death, personal transformation and enlightenment. The inimitable Setterfield is noted for her work with David Gordon Pick Up Company and as a soloist for Merce Cunningham. She has also performed in films by Woody Allen.

Toppling the hierarchy, Goneral, Regan and Cordelia are portrayed by three men: Ireland’s Mufutau Yusuf, recently graduated from SEAD, Ryan O’Neill and France’s Kevin Coquelard.

Irish Modern Dance Theatre‘s Lear is directed and choreographed by John Scott, design by Eric Wurtz, soundscape by Tom Lane and opening music by James Everest.

Lear runs for three days in Dublin with performances on Saturday 22 October 2016 at 7.30pm, Sunday 23 October at 2pm, Monday 24 October 2016 at Noon and 7.30pm.

Tickets for the event can be booked online.

Lear is in Cork’s Firkin Crane on Friday 14 October at 8pm, and tickets for the event can be booked here.




A streamlined version of Shakespeare’s play, it shakes us up, lets us see the play anew – Joan Acocella, The New Yorker

A timely and tender exploration of aging, loss and regret that gets to the very heart of who we are – Irish Daily Mail

Lear was originally commissioned by Kilkenny Arts Festival, Ireland, and performed at New York Live Arts as part of #iamireland, supported by Culture Ireland


How To Enter

To be in with a chance to win a pair of tickets to see Lear on Saturday 22 October at 7:30pm, simply answer the question below.*

*Only one entry per person, multiple entries from the same person will disqualify the entrant from the competition.


In Shakespeare’s play, how many daughters does King Lear have?


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