History Theatre / KingLear

9th Sep '16 2:16:17 PM momur
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** Currently the most popular explanation seems to involve Lear killing the Fool during one of his mad moments, such as the 2014 National Theatre production starring Simon Russell Beale, where the Fool ended up being beaten to death by Lear with a bit of pipe in the final scene of Act 1.
3rd Sep '16 6:14:52 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* AdaptationalVillainy: Edmund is made even worse as he attempts to abduct and rape Cordelia and die without repealing his order to hang her.

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* AdaptationalVillainy: Edmund is made even worse as he attempts to abduct and rape Cordelia and die dies without repealing his order to hang her.


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20th Jul '16 1:41:29 PM Vilui
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Lear, the elderly king of Britain, decides to step down from the throne and divide his kingdom into three parts to give to his eldest daughters, Regan, Cordelia, Goneril. But before he officially seals the deal, he keens that the largest share will go to the daughter who loves him best. Much butt-kissing ensues -- all except from the youngest, Cordelia. Despite being Lear's favorite and having the most love for her father, Cordy's flattery doesn't pass muster, and the senile King [[InadequateInheritor banishes her]] along with own close friend the Earl of Kent who speaks in her defense. Cordelia's share is divvied up between her elder sisters and Lear announces his retirement, though he insists on keeping one hundred knights, the respect and title of a king, and free room and board at his daughters' homes.

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Lear, the elderly king of Britain, decides to step down from the throne and divide his kingdom into three parts to give to his eldest daughters, Regan, Cordelia, Goneril.Goneril, Regan and Cordelia. But before he officially seals the deal, he keens that the largest share will go to the daughter who loves him best. Much butt-kissing ensues -- all except from the youngest, Cordelia. Despite being Lear's favorite and having the most love for her father, Cordy's flattery doesn't pass muster, and the senile King [[InadequateInheritor banishes her]] along with his own close friend the Earl of Kent who speaks in her defense. Cordelia's share is divvied up between her elder sisters and Lear announces his retirement, though he insists on keeping one hundred knights, the respect and title of a king, and free room and board at his daughters' homes.



A closely-related subplot follows another family, that of the Earl of Gloucester, another of Lear's close friends. His younger son, the illegitimate Edmund, tricks Gloucester into thinking his legitimate son Edgar is plotting to kill him. Gloucester is duped, and Edgar goes on the run, disguising himself as a homeless madman to escape capture. Edgar falls in with his godfather Lear, while Edmund, resentful of the world who judges him simply because he was born a bastard, decides to show everyone [[BastardBastard what a bastard]] [[KickTheDog he can be]] and seduces not just one but '''both''' of Lear's elder daughters. With a few deft moves, he goes from inheriting nothing to being [[FromNobodyToNightmare potentially the most powerful man in Britain]].

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A closely-related closely related subplot follows another family, that of the Earl of Gloucester, another of Lear's close friends. His younger son, the illegitimate Edmund, tricks Gloucester into thinking his legitimate son Edgar is plotting to kill him. Gloucester is duped, and Edgar goes on the run, disguising himself as a homeless madman to escape capture. Edgar falls in with his godfather Lear, while Edmund, resentful of the world who judges him simply because he was born a bastard, decides to show everyone [[BastardBastard what a bastard]] [[KickTheDog he can be]] and seduces not just one but '''both''' of Lear's elder daughters. With a few deft moves, he goes from inheriting nothing to being [[FromNobodyToNightmare potentially the most powerful man in Britain]].
25th Jun '16 2:23:13 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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* TheJester: The Fool, of course

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* TheJester: The Fool, of coursecourse. His jokes and clowning often has a pretty scratching criticism of Lear and his conduct attached to them.
22nd May '16 1:17:01 AM Morgenthaler
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* BlondesAreEvil:
** Many adaptations will portray Goneril and Regan as blondes and have Cordelia as brunette. A planned 2010 film adaptation would have had blondes Gwyneth Paltrow and Naomi Watts playing Goneril and Regan while brunette Keira Knightley would have been Cordelia.
** Inverted with the Creator/IanMcKellen RSC version where Regan and Goneril are brunettes and Cordelia is blonde.
18th May '16 3:50:24 AM snichols1973
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** Since he is a comic character, The Fool's disappearance may very well indicate the play's shift to the ensuing utter tragedy.

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** Since he is a comic character, The Fool's disappearance may very well indicate the play's shift to the ensuing utter tragedy.subsequent tragedies that befall [[spoiler: Cornwall and his servant, Oswald, Gloucester, Goneril, Regan, Edmund, Cordelia, and King Lear]].
18th May '16 3:34:39 AM snichols1973
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** Since he is a comic character, The Fool's disappearance may very well indicate the play's shift to the ensuing utter tragedy.
19th Apr '16 8:24:42 AM Silverblade2
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* DrivenToSuicide:
** Goneril stabs herself offstage after Edmund gets fatally wounded by Edgar.
** At the end, Kent implies that he intends to joins Lear after the latter dies.


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* MurderTheHypotenuse: Goneril poisons her sister Regan to have Edmund for herself.


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* ParentalFavoritism: Lear makes clear that Cordelia is his favorite daughter.


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* SiblingTriangle: Edmund seduces Lear's daughters Goneril and Regan. When Goneril finds out her rival is her sister, she poisons her drink.


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* MurderTheHypotenuse: In this version, both Goneril and Regan secretly poison each other.
18th Apr '16 9:39:54 PM MasoTey
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* FakeAssistedSuicide: The blinded Duke of Gloucester asks a mad beggar (actually his son Edgar in disguise) to lead him to the cliffs of Dover so he can jump to his death. Edgar leads him across level land, claiming it is the clifftop; after Gloucester has harmlessly "jumped," Edgar assumes another persona and tells Gloucester that he has been spared miraculously and that the person who led him to the cliff appeared to be an evil spirit.
18th Apr '16 12:17:05 PM Silverblade2
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* PromotedToLoveInterest: Edgar/Cordelia in the 1681 rewrite (Cordelia's original husband, the King of France, naturally doesn't exist in this version).


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!!The 1681 rewrite provides examples of:
* AdaptedOut: Neither the King of France nor the Fool appear.
* AdaptationalVillainy: Edmund is made even worse as he attempts to abduct and rape Cordelia and die without repealing his order to hang her.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: Lear regains his throne and Edgar and Cordelia are allowed to marry.
* PromotedToLoveInterest: Edgar/Cordelia in the 1681 rewrite (Cordelia's original husband, the King of France, naturally doesn't exist in this version).
* SparedByTheAdaptation: Lear, Cordelia and Gloucester all survive.
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