Eclectic Theatre
English Amateur Theatre in Dresden

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Our next show: King Lear

“It will come, humanity must perforce prey on itself, like monsters of the deep.”

Once upon a time there was an old king who unwisely gave his crown and country to his daughters.

So begins King Lear, Shakespeare’s darkest tragedy. What begins almost as a fairytale becomes a nightmare as the world descends into chaos and cruelty, where every natural bond of affection is broken: children turn against their parents, fathers seek the death of their sons, and siblings tear each other to pieces.

In this play, which has been considered by many to represent the summit of his genius, Shakespeare takes a merciless look at the bestial side of humanity and what happens when it takes over and destroys the flimsy fabric of civilisation. King Lear leads us on a journey through rage and madness to hope and back to despair. And as a warning, it has lost none of its relevance or its power over the 400 years since his death in 1616.

Where and when?

  • Performances
    • May 6, 2016 (Fri), 20:00 (Premiere)
    • May 7, 2016 (Sat), 20:00
    • May 19, 2016 (Thu), 20:00
    • May 20, 2016 (Fri), 20:00 cancelled
    • June 9, 2016 (Thu), 20:00
    • June 10, 2016 (Fri), 20:00
    • September 8, 2016 (Thu), 20:00
    • September 9, 2016 (Fri), 20:00
    • November 10, 2016 (Thu), 20:00
    • November 11, 2016 (Fri), 20:00
  • All shows at Theaterhaus Rudi, Fechnerstraße 2a in 01139 Dresden, directly at the tram stop Rankestraße (4, 70, 80)
  • Tickets via phone (+49 351 849 19 25) or via e-mail ( or online at
  • Price for premiere tickets: 10€ (8€ reduced)
  • Price: 8€ (5€ reduced)

Poster: King Lear