Six years after the success of Mamma Medea, Tom Lanoye and Christophe Sermet join forces again to revisit a Shakespeare classic: King Lear.
The Flemish author turns Lear into a woman and places her in a contemporary setting, international high finance in a virtual world that lays waste to the corporeal.

At the head of an enormous empire, Queen Lear calls her three sons together to bestow an inheritance that is too huge to be the product of honest labor. A suffocating mother, she requires a verbal proof of her children’s love before deciding on a division between them. One of them, Cornald, refuses to play his mother’s flattery games and flees to an emerging country to develop a micro credit program.

It’s the beginning of the tragedy against a backdrop of climatic and financial storms. It will take Cornald’s life and witness the Lear family devouring each other as the assets of the company reel under the assaults of the competition.

Tom Lanoye doesn’t attenuate the strength and violence of Shakespeare’s King Lear. He adapts it by making language the heart of the piece, not the text, but the language. A carnal baroque language that puts the bodies in movement.



  • From the text « La Reine Lear »
    Tom Lanoye
    Alain Van Crugten
    Christophe Sermet

    Elisabeth Lear : Anne Benoît
    Kent : Philippe Jeusette
    Cornald : Iacopo Bruno
    Gregory : Yannick Renier
    Henry : Baptiste Sornin
    Oleg : Bogdan Zamfir
    Coralie : Claire Bodson
    Alma : Raphaëlle Corbisier 

    Scenography and light design
    Simon Siegmann
    Sound design
    Maxime Bodson
    Video (design)
    Kurt d’Haeseleer
    Costume designer 
    Jean-Paul Lespagnard
    Assistant Director
    Vladimir Steyaert
    Marine Bernard de Bayser
    Eugénie Obolensky
    Pattern designer 
    Isabelle Lhoas
    Hairdressing & makeup
    Urteza Da Fonseca
    Scenography trainee
    Victoria Penanhoat
    Mechanical designer and motorization
    Chris Vanneste 
    Manager of Cie.  
    Sylviane Evrard

  • Stage Manager
    Cédric Otte
    Video Operator 
    Ludovic Desclin 
    Light Operator 
    Corentin Christiaens
    Sound Operator 
    Pawel Wnucznski
    Stage hand
    Ludovic John, Stéphanie Denoiseux, Dimitri Wauter

    Touring support
    Sabine Dacalor / Trajet(s)

    Création Studio Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles

    Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles
    Set construction and costumes
    Ateliers du Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles
    Compagnie du Vendredi – Cie. Christophe Sermet, Théâtre de Namur, La Coop asbl, Shelter Prod
    Realized with the support of 
    la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles – Direction du Théâtre
    In partnership with  
    Centre des Arts Scéniques
    With the support of, ING & tax-shelter du gouvernement fédéral belge, Flanders Literature 
    Special thanks to
    Céline Loop et Safdar Rahman


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