King Lear is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1603 and 1606, and is considered one of his greatest works. The play is based on the legend of King Leir of... More > Britain. It has been widely adapted for stage and screen, with the part of Lear being played by many of the world's most accomplished actors.< Less
King Lear is a tragedy by William Shakespeare.
The title character descends into madness after foolishly disposing of his estate between two of his three daughters based on their flattery, bringing... More > tragic consequences for all. The play is based on the legend of Leir of Britain, a mythological pre-Roman Celtic king.
Considered one of four “core tragedies” (Hamlet, Othello, and Macbeth), King Lear commences with Lear, having achieved great age but little wisdom, dividing his kingdom among his three daughters in return for their proclamations of love for him. Two of his daughters, evil to the core, falsely profess their love, while Cordelia, his good and true daughter, refuses his request. Enraged, Lear gives his kingdom to his evil daughters and banishes Cordelia. Lear pays a dear price for this rash act. The play systematically strips him of his kingdom, title, retainers, clothes, and sanity in a process so cruel and unrelenting as to be nearly unendurable.< Less
King Lear is widely held as the greatest of Shakespeare’s tragedies; to some, it is the greatest play ever written. King Lear abdicates the British throne, to divide his kingdom among his three... More > daughters in proportion to their professed love of him. His plan misfires when Cordelia, his youngest and favourite daughter, refuses to flatter her father; she is disinherited and banished.< Less
In the relatively short adaptation of "King Lear" by William Shakespeare the proud Queen Lear violates the order of the Universe with her wish to prematurely divide the kingdom among her... More > three daughters. She is naive and becomes infatuated by the flattery of her two conceiving daughters and stays blind to their hypocrisy. Her two advisories make efforts to open her eyes to the truth. Cordelia is banned from the palace and the sisters gain control. The parallel plot involves Edmund's horrid scheme and, eventually, his failure to harm his half-brother Edgar. Edgar puts on his 'antic disposition' in order to stay alive. The aim of this adaptation, which can be played even by young actors, and moreover by young learners, is to shed some light on the basic human desires and offer a more felicitous ending.< Less
King Lear is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1603 and 1606, and is considered one of his greatest works. The play is based on the legend of King Leir of... More > Britain. It has been widely adapted for stage and screen, with the part of Lear being played by many of the world's most accomplished actors.
There are two distinct versions of the play: The True Chronicle of the History of the Life and Death of King Lear and His Three Daughters, which appeared in quarto in 1608, and The Tragedy of King Lear, which appeared in the First Folio in 1623, a more theatrical version. The two texts are commonly printed in a conflated version, although many modern editors have argued that each version has its individual integrity.[< Less