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'King Lear' to get all-aboriginal production at NAC

August Schellenberg, seen here in 2007, will play the role of Lear in "King Lear."


An aboriginal King Lear will howl on the heath at the National Arts Centre for the first time next season.

NAC English Theatre artistic director Peter Hinton will direct an all-aboriginal production of Shakespeare's great tragedy starring August Schellenberg, who won a Genie Award in 1991 for his role in Black Robe, and set during the Iroquois/Huronia Wars.

Members of the recently re-established NAC English Theatre Company will be featured in King Lear as well as four other productions in 2011- 2012: the musical Oliver!, directed by Dayna Tekatch; the late David French's classic comedy Salt-Water Moon, directed by Micheline Chevrier; Creation, a new play inspired by the Old Testament written by Peter Anderson with songs by Allen Cole; and And Slowly Beauty.., the English-language premiere of a play about art and life by Michel Nadeau.

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Also on the NAC's bill are puppeteer Ronnie Burkett's latest, Penny Plain; a revival of international Canadian hit 2 Pianos 4 Hands; and Daniel MacIvor's Communion, co-produced with Halifax's KAZAN Co-op.

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