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King Lear


  • Author
    William Shakespeare
  • Overview
    Lear, the elderly king of Britain, decides to divide his kingdom
    between his three daughters, and announces that the greatest share
    will go to whoever 'doth love us the most'. Goneril and Regan make
    lavish proclamations of their love, but Cordelia, Lear's youngest and
    dearest, refuses to play the game. She is disinherited for her pains.
    The Earl of Gloucester, meanwhile, is learning of a plot by his son
    Edgar to kill him. Although the non-existent plot is in fact the
    fabrication of his bastard son Edmund, the rightful heir is forced to
    flee for his life.
    Lear, expecting to enjoy the hospitality of the new queens, instead
    quarrels with both and ends up raging at their treachery upon a
    storm-swept heath. Taking shelter, he and his tiny band of followers
    encounter Edgar, now disguised as Tom, a mad beggar.
    Goneril and Regan, perceiving their increasingly unbalanced father as
    a threat, plot against his life. When Gloucester tips off his former
    sovereign, he is betrayed by Edmund, and is punished by having his
    eyes put out.
    Cordelia returns from exile with a French invasion force, and is
    reunited and reconciled with her father. Although she loses the
    ensuing battle and is subsequently hanged, there is strife in the
    victorious British ranks: Goneril poisons Regan for the love of
    Edmund, and takes her own life when Edmund is killed by the avenging
    Lear at last finds peace, cradling the body of his beloved Cordelia as he dies.
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Members of Mandy Actors who have played: Cornwall

On average, the playing age of actors cast in this role is : 27.

85% of the time, this character is played by a male.