Plays Directory : King Lear

The information below is intended to give you a brief guide to the show and highlight some of the other The Mandy Network members who have also been involved in this show.

  • Author
    William Shakespeare
  • Overview
    Lear, the elderly king of Britain, decides to divide his kingdom
    between his three daughters, and announces that the greatest share
    will go to whoever 'doth love us the most'. Goneril and Regan make
    lavish proclamations of their love, but Cordelia, Lear's youngest and
    dearest, refuses to play the game. She is disinherited for her pains.
    The Earl of Gloucester, meanwhile, is learning of a plot by his son
    Edgar to kill him. Although the non-existent plot is in fact the
    fabrication of his bastard son Edmund, the rightful heir is forced to
    flee for his life.
    Lear, expecting to enjoy the hospitality of the new queens, instead
    quarrels with both and ends up raging at their treachery upon a
    storm-swept heath. Taking shelter, he and his tiny band of followers
    encounter Edgar, now disguised as Tom, a mad beggar.
    Goneril and Regan, perceiving their increasingly unbalanced father as
    a threat, plot against his life. When Gloucester tips off his former
    sovereign, he is betrayed by Edmund, and is punished by having his
    eyes put out.
    Cordelia returns from exile with a French invasion force, and is
    reunited and reconciled with her father. Although she loses the
    ensuing battle and is subsequently hanged, there is strife in the
    victorious British ranks: Goneril poisons Regan for the love of
    Edmund, and takes her own life when Edmund is killed by the avenging
    Edgar.
    Lear at last finds peace, cradling the body of his beloved Cordelia as he dies.
  • Play
    Download the text for free from Project Gutenberg here: King Lear

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12 known characters

16 known roles


Connected mandy members:

Zara Hadeshian Banks
2019, Goneril
Jack Theatre
Kate Wright
Kate Wright
Actor
2019, Goneril
Cameron Mackintosh Theatre
Alexandra Whitworth
2019, Goneril
The Attic Theatre
Timothy Blore
2018, Goneril
Valley of Rocks
Marion Tovey
Marion Tovey
Actor
2018, Goneril
Marie Simmone
2018, Goneril
Gerrie Skeens
2018, Goneril
Theatro Technis
Gabriella Leonardi
2017, Goneril
Clifftown Theatre
Isobel Eadie
Isobel Eadie
Actor
2017, Goneril
Olivia Dodd
Olivia Dodd
Actor
2017, Goneril
Robyn Faye
Robyn Faye
Actor
2017, Goneril
Emily Marsh
Emily Marsh
Actor
2017, Goneril
Cygnet Theatre Exeter, Sturts Theatre Liskeard
LJ Reeves
LJ Reeves
Actor
2017, Goneril
St John's College Gardens
Charlotte Blandford
2017, Goneril
Venice & China Tour
Charlotte Miller
2016, Goneril
Sussex
Caitlin McMillan
2016, Goneril
Amelie Iselin
2016, Goneril
Goldsmiths College
Rachel Otterson
2016, Goneril
Arts Centre Washington
Ellen Kruger
Ellen Kruger
Actor
2016, Goneril
The Monkey House
Steven Arran
Steven Arran
Actor
2016, Goneril

Alternative Names

King Lear (adaptation)