Open Stage: Not King Lear Open Stage: Not King Lear
Aotearoa NZ

Open Stage: Not King Lear

  • Theatre

Hobson Street Theatre Company 

Shakespeare’s classic tale of family strife, devised and performed by members of the Hobson Street Theatre Company.

Blending contemporary testimony with original text, Not King Lear is the latest play in development from this award-winning arts project created in partnership with the Auckland City Mission. It’s a playful yet serious retelling of the story of an old man in conflict with his children, who gives away his authority and falls into homelessness and mental ill-health.

Told through the lived experience of those who know something about homelessness, Not King Lear is guest directed by Adrian Jackson MBE, renowned for his work with the Royal Shakespeare Company and Cardboard Citizens, the company of homeless and ex-homeless actors he founded in London in 1992.

Artist Talk
Ticketholders attending the show on Saturday 9 March, 7.30pm will be able to attend a post-show talk with Adrian Jackson, HSTC’s Bronwyn Bent and full cast: at 8.30pm
*Lowest standard public price with no restrictions
Recommended for ages 16+

From $29.90*

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  • Fri
    Loft, Q Theatre
  • Sat
    Loft, Q Theatre


1hr approx, no interval

305 Queen Street
Auckland 1010

09 309 9771


Hobson St Theatre in partnership with

Development commissioned by

Te Ahurei Toi o Tāmaki Auckland Arts Festival

Rehearsal venue provided by

St Matthews In the City

Supported by


  • Adrian Jackson MBE (UK)
Associate Director
  • Bronwyn Bent (NZ)
  • Katrina Chandra
  • Sally Barnett (NZ)
  • Hobson Street Theatre Company members


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