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:

Tom Stoddart
Tom Stoddart
Actor
2019, Gloucester
Mountview
Gordon Ridout
2019, Gloucester
Stockwell Playhouse
Eleanor Grace
2017, Gloucester
The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
Colleen Hedley
2017, Gloucester
Bath Spa University
Ric Hutton
Ric Hutton
Actor
2016, Gloucester
Washington Arts Centre
Michael Sheldon
2016, Gloucester
The Norrington Room, Blackwell's Bookshop
Luke Lampard
Luke Lampard
Actor
2015, Gloucester
Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts
Stephen Connery-Brown
2015, Gloucester
Peckham Asylum
John Newell
John Newell
Actor
2014, Gloucester
Palace Theatre
Stephen Christos
2014, Gloucester
The Cockpit Theatre, London
Hadley Smith
Hadley Smith
Actor
2013, Gloucester
Jack Hudson
Jack Hudson
Actor
2012, Gloucester
European Tour
Keith Chanter
2012, Gloucester
King's College Ga\rdens
Matt Mowat
Matt Mowat
Actor
2012, Gloucester
The Space
Patrick McBrearty
2012, Gloucester
Joanna Swan
Joanna Swan
Actor
2010, Gloucester
Norwich
Henry Proffit
2010, Gloucester
Embassy Studio
Matthew Mellalieu
2010, Gloucester
Murau - Austria
Liam Webster
Liam Webster
Actor
2008, Gloucester
Rosie Stancliffe
2008, Gloucester

Alternative Names

King Lear (adaptation)