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King Lear Synopsis

King Lear decides to abdicate and divide his kingdom between his three daughters. When Cordelia refuses to make a public declaration of love for her father, she is disinherited and married to the King of France without a dowry. The Earl of Kent defends her and is banished by Lear. The two elder daughters, Goneril and Regan, and their husbands inherit the kingdom.

Gloucester, deceived by his bastard son Edmund, disinherits his legitimate son, Edgar, who is forced to go into hiding to save his life.

Lear, now stripped of his power, quarrels with Goneril and Regan about the conditions of his lodging in their households. In a rage he goes out into the stormy night, accompanied by his Fool and Kent, now disguised as a servant. They encounter Edgar, who has disguised himself as a mad beggar, Poor Tom.

Gloucester goes to help Lear but is betrayed by Edmund and captured by Regan and Cornwall who, as a punishment, put out his eyes.

Lear is taken secretly to Dover, where Cordelia has landed with a French army. The blind Gloucester meets but doesn't recognise Edgar, who also leads him to Dover. Lear and Cordelia are reconciled but in the ensuing battle are captured by the sisters' forces.

Goneril and Regan are in love with Edmund, who encourages the affections of both. Discovering this, Goneril's husband Albany forces Edmund to defend himself against the charge of treachery. A knight appears to challenge Edmund and, after fatally wounding him, reveals himself to be Edgar.

News comes that Goneril has poisoned Regan and then committed suicide. Before dying, Edmund reveals that he has ordered the deaths of Lear and Cordelia. He attempts to reprieve the order but it is too late.

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Theatre: Stratford Upon Avon

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Production Type: Play

Running Time: 3 Hours 35 Mins

Author / Playwright: William Shakespeare

Music by: Keith Clouston

Director: David Farr

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