King Lear archiveKing 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.


John Shrapnel (King Lear), Julia Hills (Goneril), Dorothea Myer-Bennett (Regan), Eleanor Yates (Cordelia), Christopher Bianchi (Albany), Byron Mondahl (Cornwall), Simon Armstrong (Kent), Trevor Cooper (Gloucester), Christopher Staines (Edgar), Jack Whitam (Edmund), Dudley Sutton (Lear's Fool), Paul Brendan (Oswald), Benjamin O'Mahony, Piers Wehner, Danann McAleer, Paul Currier, John Sandeman


Author: Shakespeare
Company: Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory
Director(s): Andrew Hilton, Dominic Power (associate director)
Design: Harriet de Winton
Music: Elizabeth Purnell
Lighting: Matthew Graham
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King Lear

King Lear (Play) production archive for QTIX code T1105510252. Details of all King Lear archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S0555289637

Archive Listings

9 Feb 12
24 Mar 12
The Tobacco Factory Theatres
City of Bristol

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