King Lear

Hierarchical collection of pages (posts) for King Lear, including material for McKellen film, the play itself, background on the play, creative engagement with the play, educational material for teaching the play, and ways to have fun with the play.

About King Lear on Great Performances Online

“It is we who paint the leaves” This King Lear section of Great Performances Online provides a wide range of resources for appreciating King Lear, as well as a living means by which the play may be actively and creatively engaged.  The resources include: Ian McKellen’s full film (after 25 March); reviews of all other […]

Background on King Lear

Shakespeare’s Sources As was his general habit, Shakespeare borrowed his two plots from previous sources. Holinshed reported in his Chronicles (1577) a story that dates back as far as Geoffrey of Monmouth (1136) in which a supposedly real King Leir who ruled England around 800 BC divides his kingdom between two of his daughters, disowning […]

Background on Shakespeare

A Door Into the World of King Lear.  Are we inside or out? (from Shakespeare Shakespeare was born around 23 April 1564 at Stratford-on-Avon. He moved a hundred miles away to London in his early twenties, where he wrote 37 or 38 extant plays and some poetry that has established him as the finest […]


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