Plays Directory : King Lear

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  • 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:

Joe Riley
Joe Riley
Actor
2012, Kent
Warwick University
Suzy Grimsdick
2012, Kent
The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
Joshua Manning
Joshua Manning
Voice Over: Scottish
2012, Kent
Michael McEvoy
2012, Kent
Joshua Manning
2012, Kent
The Rose, Bankside
Gregory Simpson
2012, Earl Of Kent
The Space
Benny Ainsworth
2012, Kent
East 15 Acting School
Melisa Ramadan
2011, Earl of Kent
Blue Elephant Theatre
Sam Connolly
Sam Connolly
Actor
2009, Earl of Kent
Laurence Patrick
2009, Kent
St Fagans
Brian Yansen
Brian Yansen
Actor
2008, Earl of Kent
Sam Stephenson
2008, Kent
Mark Knightley
2006, Earl of Kent
Theatro Technis
Darren McIlroy
2006, Kent
Pendley Manor
Matthew Ward
Matthew Ward
Actor
2004, Kent
Greenwich Playhouse
Andy Corelli
Andy Corelli
Actor
2003, Kent
Keith Hill
Keith Hill
Actor
2003, Kent
The Court Theatre
Andrew Joyce
Andrew Joyce
Actor
2000, Earl of Kent
Kerry Finlayson
1999, Kent
Kerry Finlayson
1999, Kent

Alternative Names

King Lear (adaptation)