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Overview


Synopsis

The aging King Lear resolves to turn his kingdom over to his three daughters – once each tells him how much she loves him. This test of eloquence yields consequences Lear little expects when the favored Cordelia says nothing. Lear disowns her, leaving himself vulnerable to the whims of his two older daughters. Ultimately, King Lear loses everything, including his mind, as he finds himself betrayed by the honeyed words and false promises that seduced him. His reason shattered in the storm of violent emotion that ensues, King Lear is stripped of all that has defined him as a king. Stripped down to his essence and wandering about in the storm, King Lear discovers the essence of his own humanity.


Characters

Male

Lead

Spoken

Male

Lead

Spoken

Male

Lead

Spoken



Show Information

Category
Play
Number of Acts:
5 Acts
First Produced:
1606
Genres
Drama
Settings
Multiple Settings
Time & Place
a kingdom, sometime in antiquity
Cast Size
large
Licensor:
None/royalty-free
Ideal For
community theatre, regional theatre, professional theatre
Casting Notes:
Mostly male cast
Includes mature adult, elderly, young adult, adult, late teen characters

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