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Get your ‘Lear’ here! Gallery Players will do summer Shakespeare

for The Brooklyn Paper

Take that, Joseph Papp!

Brooklyn is set to steal the spotlight from Manhattan’s late and legendary champion of summer Shakespeare this July, when Park Slope’s Gallery Players inaugurates a new seasonal festival with “King Lear.”

The 14th Street-based theater company is celebrating its 42nd year by staging The Bard’s most-famous soap opera, the story of a senile king and the three daughters who vie for his throne.

It’s all part of Players Shakespeare, a summer festival that the company hopes will become a wider, annual event that will include a summer youth program and performances in Prospect Park.

Shakespeare in the Park? It sounds like the “wheel is come full circle.” After all, the late great Papp was born in Brooklyn.

“King Lear” at the Gallery Players [199 14th St., between Fourth and Fifth avenues in Park Slope, (718) 832-0617], July 23– Aug. 2. Tickets are $18 ($15 for children).

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