Théâtre National

La Reine Lear

Queen Lear

Tom Lanoye, Christophe Sermet / Cie. du Vendredi


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.

© Lara Gasparotto







Grande salle

Surrounding the show

Introduction 15.01.2018 - 19:45 (15')

Surrounding the show

discussion 'Builders of Stories' after show 16.01.2018

Sound level

category 2


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