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October 10 — Patriotism


Without Lear

Without Lear

Based on the play “King Lear” by William Shakespeare

Translated by Boris Pasternak


Staging & set design:

Danila Korogodsky


Eberhard Köhler (Germany)

Assistant director:

Valentin Levitsky


Anastasia Toscheva


Nikolay Fesenko

The performance includes music by the groups "Shinjuku Thief" and "Foo Fighters"

3 hours 15 minutes with one intermission



Characters and cast

King Lear,




Stepan Beketov, Lyubov Levitskaya, Valentin Levitsky, Sergey Mardar, Svetlana Smirnova, Aleksey Chuev, Artyom Shilov, Natalya Ponomariova, Tatyana Shuklina, Kirill Gusev, Regina Atsapkina




National Artist of Russia

Irina Sokolova

Lear's daughters



Natalya Ponomariova


Lyubov Levitskaya


Svetlana Smirnova

Earl of Gloucester

Sergey Mardar



Duke of Cornwall,

Duke of Albany,

King of France

Artyom Shilov


Earl of Kent


Oswald, Goneril’s servant                                                                                     

Stepan Beketov


 Kirill Gusev

Edgar, son of Gloucester

Aleksey Chuev

Edmund, illegitimate son of Gloucester

Valentin Levitsky





The performance will last 3 hours 15 minutes with one interval


The weight of this sad time we must obey;
Speak what we feel, not what we ought to say.
The oldest hath borne most: we that are young
Shall never see so much, nor live so long.


 Shakespeare, King Lear





The renowned director and theater pedagogue, the founder of Theater Pokoleniy Zinovy Korogodsky (1926—2004) initially wanted to stage "King Lear" at Theater Pokoleniy and play the part of Lear himself. However, for various reasons his plan did not come to fruition.

This play, staged by Danila Korogodsky, is called "Without Lear".

The King has died.
Around the deserted throne fly memories of the rebellious King, the last romantic, cruel and naïve, stubbornly following his quest for his own truth, justice and faith to the very end. The tragedy of Lear grows into the tragedy of a world which has lost all harmony. Remembering the King and recreating his life piece by piece, the citizens of his kingdom search for a way of continuing to live their lives — but lives without Lear.