Stage Saturday

King Lear

Author: William Shakespeare
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ /5     
Genre: Tragedy
Location: Britain
First Performance: 1606

Main Characters: King Lear, Cordelia, Goneril, Regan and the Fool.

Blurb: In a fit of vanity King Lear asks his daughters to explain how much they love him and he agrees to spilt his empire based on their love. The youngest daughter Cordelia, cannot join the task, as she loves her father too much. King Lear banishes her and then goes slowly mad with rage.

When we are born, we cry that we are come, 
To this great stage of fools.

I was a bit unsure going into this play. I did not know what to expect, but I ended up enjoying it a lot more than I thought I would. There was so much backstabbing and being evil. It was like reading an episode of East Enders.

I think the Fool is a character who could quite easily be overlooked, simply because the fool is usually a background character/ a butt of the joke character. However I think in this, the Fool was my favourite! Also the Fool calling the King a Fool is the boldest character move ever… He is braver than me.

King Lear is a good King but I think he has gone mad with power. It is interesting throughout the play, reading how his speeches change. He goes from being unsure – to sure – and back to unsure. I think it shows that flattery can only go so far and without the correct actions to back the flattery up, words mean nothing.

I wish we had seen more of the Sisters before the events of the play. King Lear is presented as a scary man and I can imagine it was tough for the Sisters growing up. I do not think they would have intentionally screwed over Cordelia, but I think they were also covering their own backs to stay safe.

Cordelia was such a good character, I really enjoyed that she was the complete opposite of her sisters. Despite her failing her fathers test, you still believe that she loved her father more than her sisters. Her outcome for this play is so sad and the worst part is it feels like it could have been avoided if the characters just spoke to each other and did not make evil schemes.

Overall, I would recommend this play. If you want some drama and sadness, this is definitely the play to get your fix.

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