Nearly Lear and the Spot On festival

What if the great and tragic story of King Lear were to be told through the eyes of his closest companion? In this award-winning one-woman tour-de-force, Susanna Hamnett plays the Fool (and every other character) to tell a very personal and poignant story with breathtaking hilarity and heartache. 

Nearly Lear is an exuberant and unexpected blend of tragedy and humour that has entranced both lovers of Shakespeare, as well as newcomers to the Bard. Touring to critical and audience acclaim across Canada and the United States, as well as runs on Broadway at the New Victory Theatre, the Kennedy Center in Washington, and the Sydney Opera House.

Welcome to a Lear that is both profoundly accessible and fun, while taking its audience firmly into the heart, spirit, and emotional core of this great story.

Watch a preview of Susanna Hammett’s Nearly Lear and book your tickets at



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