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:

Ruaridh (Rory) Watt
2020, Edgar
Abbey Ruins
Samuel Heaney
2019, Edgar
Mountview Theatre
Daniel McCaully
2019, Edgar
The Jack Studio Theatre, Brockley
James Hepworth
2018, Edgar
Grange Court Theatre
Scott Afton
Scott Afton
Actor
2017, Edgar
St Peter's Church
Ben Sherlock
Ben Sherlock
Actor
2017, Edgar
Alexandra Park, Manchester
Henry McGrath
2017, Edgar
Thomas Lodge
Thomas Lodge
Actor
2017, Edgar
Theatro Technis
Aram Mardourian
2017, Edgar
Bath Spa University
Joseph Watson
2017, Edgar
Bath Spa University
Frederick Zennor
2016, Edgar
Keiran Kerswell
2016, Edgar
Various over Kent and Sussex
Christopher Neal
2016, Edgar
The Maddermarket Theatre
Vincent La Torre
2015, Edgar
Martin Rybak
Martin Rybak
Actor
2015, Edgar
Peter Smith
Peter Smith
Actor
2014, Edgar
Crescent Theatre (Birmingham) and Swan Theatre - RSC (Stratford-upon-Avon)
Oliver Towner
2014, Edgar
Jamie Kwasnik
2014, Edgar
Jamie Mawson
Jamie Mawson
Actor
2013, Edgar
Carlton Venn
Carlton Venn
Actor
2013, Edgar

Alternative Names

King Lear (adaptation)