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:

David King-Yombo
2019, Edmund
Mountview Theatre
Jahmai Maasai
2019, Edmund
Stockwell Playhouse
Zack Myers
Zack Myers
Actor
2018, Edmund
The Vanguard
Edward Barber
2018, Edmund
Grange Court Theatre
Saint Lozon
Saint Lozon
Actor
2018, Edmund
ZJU Theatre
Luke Dayhill
Luke Dayhill
Actor
2018, Edmund
Julius Wills
Julius Wills
Actor
2017, Edmund
Multiple Venues across Sussex & London
Sabrina Mandulu
2017, Edmund
Wilson Smith
Wilson Smith
Actor
2017, Edmund
Ralph Maystone
2017, Edmund
Daniel Rainford
2017, Edmund
Scott Loader
Scott Loader
Actor
2017, Edmund
St. John's College Gardens
Robert Eades
Robert Eades
Actor
2017, Edmund
Adam Gardiner
2017, Edmund
Alexandra Park
Timothy Weston
2017, Edmund
Theatro Technis
Samater Ahmed
2017, Edmund
Desmond Tutu Theatre
Matt Avery
Matt Avery
Actor
2017, Edmund
Campus Theatre, Nuffield Theatres Southampton
Lynsey Balloch
2016, Edmund
The Monkey House, Fourth Monkey, London
Jonathan Massey
2016, Edmund
Maddermarket Theatre
Pierre Moreau
2016, Edmund

Alternative Names

King Lear (adaptation)