Theatre - 120' - fr

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