King Lear divides his Kingdom between his daughters according to a declaration of their love for him. His eldest Goneril and Regan exaggerate their affection and inherit. His youngest daughter Cordelia speaks only the truth and is banished. So begins the tragedy of King Lear, whose dignity, sanity and finally life are torn from him by a self-seeking younger generation, ambitious for his power. What is love, what is madness, what is truth - Shakespeare explores these questions together with many others in King Lear, widely considered to be his greatest tragedy. Running time approx. 3 hours 50 minutes including intervalPerformers Corin Redgrave, David Hargreaves, Ruth Gemmell, Pal Aron, Peter Bygott, Caolan Byrne, Samuel Clemens, Matt Cross, Sean Hannaway, Louis Hilyer, Michael G Jones, Tam Mutu, Matthew Rhys, Jack Whitam, Leo Wringer, Anatol Yusef, Louise Bangay, Sian Brooke, Emily Raymond.
Author Shakespeare. Producer Royal Shakespeare Company. Director Bill Alexander. Design Tom Piper. Costume Kandis Cook. Lighting Tim Mitchell. Music Jonathan Goldstein. Sound David Tinson. Director Malcolm Ranson (fight). Other Lyn Darnley (voice work).