Khalid Ahmad set to star as King Lear in Zia Mohyeddin's adaptation

Published: December 7, 2019
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Renowned director, producer, actor and a hobbyist musician, Khalid Ahmad, is ready to star in a Zia Mohyeddin production of Shakespeare’s adaptation, King Lear.

Preparations for their combined production is coming to a close, as King Lear is set to run at the National Academy of Performing Arts’ (Napa) from December 19 till December 29.

Remaining cast members include Mira Sethi, Paras Masroor, Nazrul Hasan, Fawad Khan, Syed Meesam Naqvi, Shabana Hasan and Nataliya Karanji. Sethi also announced her participation on Twitter, revealing that working with Mohyeddin has been “punishing, demanding, exhilarating—the experience of a lifetime.”

However, she did not reveal which character she will be playing exactly.

The play features an Urdu translation of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy, which is a depiction of power, greed, and passion. The story circulates around an ageing Lear, who divides his kingdom between his three daughters, testing their love for
him – a decision that leads to political chaos, familial betrayal and ultimately, madness.

Mohyeddin is a British-Pakistani actor, producer, director and television broadcaster who has appeared in both Pakistani cinema and television, along with British cinema. He is also known for originating the role of Dr Aziz in the stage play of A Passage to India. While Ahmad, is currently teaching at the National Academy of Performing Arts (Napa).

Tickets are priced at Rs 1000 with a 50% discount for students.

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