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:

Nina Bright
Nina Bright
Actor
2019, Kent
Pete Picton
Pete Picton
Actor
2019, Kent
Brockley Jack
Philip Jennings
2019, Earl of Kent
Attic Theatre, Stratford upon Avon
Liza Graham
Liza Graham
Actor
2018, Kent
Alexandra Park, Manchester
Ola Forman
Ola Forman
Actor
2018, Kent
Grange Court Theatre
Claire-Louise Reilly
2017, Earl of Kent
Platform, Glasgow
Morgan Cusack
2017, Kent
Reed Stokes
Reed Stokes
Actor
2017, Kent
Embassy Theatre
Rob Goll
Rob Goll
Actor
2017, Kent
St. John's College Gardens
Robert Anthony
2017, Earl of Kent
Theatro Technis
Paul Chiusolo
2016, Kent
Gerrard st Art Space
Matt Grief
Matt Grief
Actor
2016, Kent
St Mildred's (Tenterden), The Stables Theatre (Hastings), St Mary's (Rye), St John Centre (Bexhill), Battle Memorial Hall (Battle)
Virginia Lee
Virginia Lee
Actor
2015, Kent
Mountview Academy
David Vaughan Knight
2015, Kent
Ian Recordon
Ian Recordon
Actor
2015, Kent
Theatro Technis
Ian Recordon
Ian Recordon
Actor
2015, Kent
Jardin Shakespeare Paris
Kathryn Lincoln
2015, Kent
Jerwood Vanburgh Theatre, RADA
Danny Solomon
2013, Kent
Greenwich Theatre
Brian Carter
Brian Carter
Actor
2012, Kent
John Lyons Performance Hall
Joe Riley
Joe Riley
Actor
2012, Kent
Warwick University

Alternative Names

King Lear (adaptation)