King Lear – Archived from 2015

Synopsis

First Performed : 1605-06
First Printed : 1608

King Lear of Britain in an attempt to avoid unrest divides his kingdom between his three daughters, each portion depending on their declaration of loyalty for him. His elder two Reagan and Goneril succeed in his affections by their hypocritical declarations of love. However Cordelia the youngest is unable to do so and is banished by Lear. Cordelia goes on to marry the King of France.

King Lear gradually sinks into manic depression at the indifferent attitude of his two elder daughters’ towards him. In a tragic twist both daughters end up dead as a result of their feuding over the affections of Edmund the bastard son of Gloucester. Edmund in his bid to take over his brother’s property imprisons Lear and executes Cordelia. Lear dies soon after out of remorse.

Cast

King Lear of Britain
King of France
Duke of Burgundy
Duke of Cornwall
Duke of Albany
Earl of Kent
Earl of Gloucester
Edgar, son of Gloucester
Edmund, bastard son of Gloucester
Curan, a courtier
Oswald, steward to Goneril
Goneril, daughter of Lear
Regan, daughter of Lear
Cordelia, daughter of Lear
Old Man, Gloucester’s tenant
Doctor
Fool
An Officer
A Herald
A Gentleman
Servants to Cornwall
Knights, Officers, Soldiers
Messengers and Attendants

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