King Lear

Performed on 8th December, 2006, at Kuniberg School in Recklinghausen.
Production: The American Drama Group Europe, TNT Theatre.
King Lear, adapted by Paul Stebbings and Phil Smith.


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The yet undivided kingdom

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Hail to King Lear!

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Still a time of obedience

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Goneril, the eldest daughter, flattering King Lear

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Regan, the second daughter, also tells her father how much she loves him.

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The faithful, youngest daughter Cordelia, speaking the truth only

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His most beloved daughter Cordelia is banned from the court.
Lear would not listen to anyone.

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The kingdom has been divided, but not into three parts.
The older daughters' plan has worked, and they get what they wanted.

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The King of France, however, takes to Cordelia.
The elder daughters seem 'loyal' to the king.

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Goneril and Regan

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Edmund's monologue, about his father (The Duke of Gloucester) and his brother (Edgar). Edmund, the bastard son, has got no land.

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Edmund and the Duke of Gloucester, his father.
Edmund starts to betray father and brother, scheming against them.
Gloucester tricked by a faked letter.

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Conversation between .half brothers
Edmund telling Edgar lies about his father, scheming again.

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King Lear drinking with his knights, Goneril disgusted by this behaviour.
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King  Lear's fool tries to make him think.

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Harsh words. Albany,  Goneril's husband, watching them, hesitating.

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Lear, leaving the first daughter, on the way to his second daughter, Regan.

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Edmund and the trap set for Edgar, his brother.
Edgar is told to flee into the woods and storms. learc1
Edmund has wounded himself - he blames his brother Edgar for this crime.
Distrust between father – Gloucester – and his true son and heir, Edgar.

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Gloucester disappointed that his son Edgar seems to be a traitor.
Gloucester making the wrong decisions

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Lear and Regan. Lear getting angry, being treated like an old fool.

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Lear enraged.
His daughters want to take his 100 knights away.
Step by step they reduce the number allowed to him.

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Gloucester does not trust Goneril and Regan.
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Lear meets Crazy Tom.
Actually, this is Edgar, son of Gloucester -
Edgar is hiding so that nobody will recognize him.

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King Lear and Crazy Tom. Lear admires the fools.

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Edmund tells Regan that Gloucester is about to betray them.
Gloucester has dealt with the King of France.

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Gloucester is taken prisoner by Regan.

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Instruments brought in for torturing and blinding Gloucester

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What a cruel person! Regan blinding Gloucester.

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A blind man can see into the hearts of his opponents.
Gloucester faces the truth.

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A servant leading Gloucester away so that he can meet Crazy Tom - his true son Edgar

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Edmund happy to be the new Duke of Gloucester. Albany sceptical.

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Cordelia and the French army arrive

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Tom - Edgar plotting to help his desperate, blinded father,
pretending that Gloucester is about to drop from a high cliff

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God, it seems, let him live.
Gloucester getting new motivation to live on.

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Gloucester meeting Lear, who is completely insane now.

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Oswald, Goneril's servant and messenger, attacking Gloucester.

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Tom – Edgar kills Oswald to protect his father.

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Lear and Cordelia meeting again. They find to each other.

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Both are imprisoned by Regan and Goneril.

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On the way to death by hanging

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A quarrel. The two sister are attracted by Edmund, they kissed, but it wasn't love.

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Poison for Regan, and a knife for Goneril, who stabs herself.

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Edgar appears as a knight without a name.

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A fight between brothers.

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Goneril dying, Edmund deadly wounded.
Albany reading Goneril's letter, that Edgar took from her servant Oswald. Now Albany has proof that Edmund is a cheater. learf2
Edgar and Albany. Albany faces the truth.

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Farewell between brothers. Dying Edmund tells Edgar about their plans with Lear and Cordelia.

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Lear is rescued, Cordelia is dead.

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Lear can't believe it.

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Lear has to realize the death of his daughter, and dies of agony.
Edgar the new king. The monarchy has been restored. learf7
Applause! Called before the curtain.

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