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22 - 24 October 2016 Lear Irish Modern Dance Theatre




Saturday 22 October 2016 at 7.30pm, Sunday 23 October at 2pm, Monday 24 October 2016 at Noon and 7.30pm


Irish Modern Dance Theatre

Choreography and Direction:

John Scott


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 Mufatau Yusuf, recently graduated from SEAD,  Ryan O'Neill and France's Kevin Coquelard.

Design by Eric Wurtz
Soundscape by Tom Lane
Opening Music by James Everest

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


Evening performances: Euro 16, 14 concession (special group rate for groups of 10 or more)

Matinees (23 October at 2pm, 24 October at Noon): All tickets Euro 10


In advance, all tickets must be booked online. Tickets will also be available from the Box Office/on the door (01 - 896 2461) before each performance.

For queries or to make group bookings for evening performances, contact Francis Thackaberry, General Manager at


Last updated 24 October 2016 by Francis Thackaberry (Email).