KING LEAR by William Shakespeare – FULL AudioBook | Greatest Audio Books (Dramatic Reading V1) – King Lear is a tragedy by William Shakespeare. The title character descends into madness after disposing of his estate between two of his three daughters based on their flattery, bringing tragic consequences for all. The play is based on the legend of Leir of Britain, a mythological pre-Roman Celtic king. It has been widely adapted for the stage and motion pictures, and the role of Lear has been coveted and played by many of the world’s most accomplished actors.
The play was written between 1603 and 1606 and later revised. Shakespeare’s earlier version, The True Chronicle of the History of the Life and Death of King Lear and His Three Daughters, was published in quarto in 1608. The Tragedy of King Lear, a more theatrical version, was included in the 1623 First Folio. Modern editors usually conflate the two, though some insist that each version has its individual integrity that should be preserved.
After the Restoration, the play was often revised with a happy ending for audiences who disliked its dark and depressing tone, but since the 19th century Shakespeare’s original version has been regarded as one of his supreme achievements. The tragedy is particularly noted for its probing observations on the nature of human suffering and kinship. George Bernard Shaw wrote, “No man will ever write a better tragedy than Lear”. (Summary adapted from Wikipedia.org – attribution: http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=King_Lear&action=history)
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Chapter listing and length:
Act 1 00:53:42
Act 2 00:38:56
Act 3 00:38:38
Act 4 00:42:54
Act 5 00:28:52
King Lear: Andy Minter
King of France: Ezwa
Duke of Burgundy, Messenger, Captain: Justin Barrett
Duke of Cornwall: Cori Samuel
Duke of Albany: Kristin LeMoine
Earl of Kent: Denny Sayers
Earl of Gloster: Julian Jamison
Edgar, Son to Gloster: Simon Taylor
Edmund, Bastard Son to Gloster: John Gonzalez
Curan, a Courtier: Karen Savage
Old Man, Tenant to Gloster: CarlManchester
Physician: Scott Walter
Fool: Sean McGaughey
Oswald, steward to Goneril: Andrew Lebrun
An Officer employed by Edmund: Henry Frigon
Gentleman, attendant on Cordelia: Kara Shallenberg
A Herald: Gesine
First Servant: Ophelia Darcy
Second Servant: Esther
Third Servant, Third Knight: Kirsten Ferreri
Goneril, daughter to Lear: Rosalind Wills
Regan, daughter to Lear: JemmaBlythe
Cordelia, daughter to Lear: Kristin Hughes
Stage directions: David Barnes
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