King Lear

William Shakespeare


Director: Zurab Getsadze

Translation : Manana Antadze

Artist : Shota Glurjidze

Music By : Erekle Getsadze

Stage Movement : Kakhaber Khoshtaria

Assistant Director : Sophie Ordjonikidze

Technical Director : Elene Monaselidze

Zurab Kipshidze,  Akaki Khidasheli, Paata Inauri, Giorgi Kipshidze, Temo Natroshvili, Vano Dugladze, Vano Tarkhnishvili, Nanuka Litanishvili, Maia Gelovani, Kato Kalatozishvili, Anri Bibineishvili, Tornike Kasrashvili, Guga Kakhiani, Nika Tserediani,Erekle Getsadze, Tornike Kasrashvili,  Imeda Arabuli,

About the Perfomance:
It has been hundreds of years since Shakespeare first wrote his famous plays, yet they still enthrall both audiences and readers. Shakespeare included feelings of passion, true love, vengeance and thirst for power in his plays. These inherently human feelings make Shakespeare's works easily emotionally accessible to people in different places all over the world as well as in different historical periods, resulting in his plays' timelessness.

King Lear is introduced as a great, proud and tyrannical ruler residing within the walls of his castle. King Lear is confident in his authoritative power and his abilities as a leader. The king is intent on splitting the kingdom between his three daughters according to their love for him. His two eldest daughters, Goneril and Regan, are ambitious and flatter their father excessively, doting after him patronizingly. However, King Lear's youngest daughter and his favorite, Cordelia, restrains herself from showing affection towards her father, claiming she doesnt possess the words to accurately express her love for her father. Her honesty enrages the king. Deeply insulted, King Lear disinherits Cordelia and banishes her from the castle. He decides to divide his kingdom equally between the insincere Goneril and Regan instead. Later on, as a result of certain events, King Lear is stripped of all his power and is left penniless and starving, rejected by Goneril and Regan. These developments lead King Lear to face the consequences of his decisions and come to realize just how valuable honesty and sincerity truly are.

As this year marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death, the Tumanishvili Company is celebrating the legacy of the great playwright with this latest premiere of “KING LEAR” (2016).

Premiered on May 28th, 2016
Duration: 180min with an intermission

“Zurab Getsadze’s production discloses all but perpetual and urgent issue for theatre: how to revive and interpret the enduring rhythm and arrhythmia of the actors’ or the director’s theatre.  Time has proved that this ill-fated problem is eternal in the developing the theatre as such, just as a never-ending battle for the throne at all times.  Like shared love but undivided power, the curse of fathers for ingratitude of children and at the end William Shakespeare himself– the superior path to that unclimbable mountain which is covered by corpses of brilliant directors and actors “


David Bukhrikidze

LIBERAL, June 2016

“Several days ago I have a great chance to see preview of the latest premiere of Tumanishvili Film Actors Theatre “The King Lear”, and to attend the off-performance discussion where I stated firmly that once a Georgian can stage Shakespeare at this level and put on view to public such King Lear – Georgia will continue to exist. I have rarely seen Shakespeare’s Lear adopted and resolved so finely! Considering that Zura Kipshidze plays a title role here and this is one of the best roles he has played so far, I may claim that the production is an occasion not only in Georgian theatre but also in the global theatrical space. But in Georgia it means that the Nation is alive.”

Zaza Shatirishvili, Philosopher

TV OBJECTIVE, Jun 2, 2016

“Premiere of KING LEAR at Tumanishvili Film Actors Theatre ended with a long applause and ovation. The tragedy was staged by Zura Getsadze in two acts. The star-packed production which lasted for 3 hours was led by Zura Kipshidze as King Lear”


Ellene Pirtskalaishvili, Journalist

TV Channel Rustavi 2, May 29, 2016