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Date(s) - 09/19 - 09/21
7:00 pm

New England College


Praying old man

 Shakespeare’s King Lear

  Presented by the Open Door Theatre

  Sept. 19-20 at 7:00 pm

  Sept. 21 at 2:30 pm

Location: NEC Mainstage Theatre located in the Science building

Reserve your tickets at 603.428.2382 or


“As flies to wanton boys are we to the gods.

They kill us for their sport.”

William Shakespeare’s King Lear on Sept. 19-20 at 7:00 p.m. and Sept. 21 at 2:30 p.m. at the Mainstage Theatre on 58 Depot Hill Road in Henniker.

The aging and misguided King Lear decides to step down from the throne and divide his kingdom among his three daughters. Deceived by false promises and rejecting his one faithful daughter Lear’s kingdom spirals into chaos and violence as he is driven into madness by the cruel treatment of his own family. Lear continues to be a resonant and relevant meditation on the indelible connection of family and the power of redemption. This modern dress production explores the very nature of human existence: love and duty, power and loss, good and evil.

King Lear is truly one of Shakespeare’s greatest works. It is both electrifying epic tragedy and gripping domestic drama: a tale of kings and princesses and fathers and daughters. But most of all it is about the fundamental human need to be loved and how blindingly and instinctively we rely on our families and how shocked and solitary we feel when that trust is betrayed.

Please join us for this profoundly moving play and help the Open Door Theatre continue its tradition of making classic plays relevant and accessible for 21st century audiences.

Tickets: $12.00 General Public, $10.00 Students, Seniors and members of NEC Community

For reservations or more information please call 603.428.2382 or email


About The Open Door Theatre at New England College

The Open Door Theatre was founded in July of 2003. It is a small professional company comprised of faculty, staff, alumni, current students and associates of the New England College Theatre Program. Since 2003, The Open Door has produced a variety of plays ranging from such established modern works as On the Verge, The Dining Room, Judevine, and The Diviners to modern-dress versions of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, The Winter’s Tale and Twelfth Night. In addition, the company has also produced original adaptations of Georg Buchner’s Woyzeck, Winesburg, Ohio (from Sherwood Anderson’s novel) and North of Boston (from the poetry of Robert Frost). The Open Door Theatre is committed to producing classic plays that are thoughtful, provocative, relevant and accessible to 21st century audiences.