Lex-Ham Community Theater
Shakespeare Reading Series
King Lear

King Lear deals with many questions relevant to contemporary audiences:

How do you:

This story of King Lear and his three daughters, Goneril, Regan, and Cordelia, and Glouchester and his two sons, Edgar and Edmund, remains powerful to readers and audiences. Lear's giving up his power and subsequent fall into madness makes him one of Shakespeare's most perplexing and fascinating characters.

Some good references for the play are:

The Story
Text of the play
SparkNotes summary of the play
Background information
Shakespeare timeline - 1599: The Great Globe

Sources
A Declaration of Egregious Popish Imposters by Samuel Harsnett

Film Versions
King Lear (1984) with Laurence Olivier
King Lear (1974) with James Earl Jones
King Lear (1953) with Orson Welles

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Last updated: 1/15/2006