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.

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12 known characters

16 known roles


Connected mandy members:

Rebecca Barnsley
2019, Cordelia
Lauren Akosia
2019, Cordelia
Emilia Meinert
2018, Cordelia
Ellen Bannerman
2018, Cordelia
Susannah Light
2017, Cordelia
Desmond Tutu Theatre/South West Regional Tour
Sal Kelly
Sal Kelly
Actor
2017, Cordelia
Amelia Sargisson
2017, Cordelia
Emily McMahon
2017, Cordelia
Emma Harvey
Emma Harvey
Actor
2017, Cordelia
Poppy Pedder
Poppy Pedder
Actor
2016, Cordelia
Bristol Old Vic
Charlie Morrissey - May
2016, Cordelia
Kate Lassman
Kate Lassman
Actor
2016, Cordelia
Clifftown Theatre
Jessica Gittins
2015, Cordelia
Morlan Centre, Aberystwyth
Emma Kirrage
Emma Kirrage
Actor
2015, Cordelia
The Rose Theatre, Bankside
Ana Canals
Ana Canals
Actor
2015, Cordelia
The Mill Theatre
Emma Hemingford
2015, Cordelia
Keble O'Reilly Theatre
Claire Ryan
Claire Ryan
Voice Over: English
2015, Cordelia
Harriet Wakefield
2015, Cordelia
Milica Guceva
2014, Cordelia
Charlie Ryall
2014, Cordelia
The Cockpit

Alternative Names

King Lear (adaptation)