Idaho Shakespeare Festival Presents King Lear 

Friday, Aug. 7-Tuesday, Aug. 11

"How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child."

"How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child."

At its core, William Shakespeare’s epic tragedy King Lear is a tale of bad succession planning and even worse elder care.

OK, maybe it’s more than that—a dark rumination on late-medieval society as it transitioned to renaissance individualism, perhaps?—but the gist is that old man Lear decides to divvy up the kingdom between his three daughters based on how much they love him. Two flatter him into an inheritance but the the third won’t play ball. He banishes the honest daughter and moves in with his duplicitous spawn, who swiftly decide he’s a doddering old duffer and start treating him like unwanted baggage. It’s Shakespeare, so you can imagine that all does not end well. We won’t spoil it here; instead, make plans to take in Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s presentation of King Lear, opening Friday, Aug. 7 and running through Thursday, Aug. 27. If you have kids, make sure to only bring your favorite(s).

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