King Lear is the Shakespearean tragedy of the most epic proportions. With the future of more than one country at risk, an intricate subplot With disastrous implications, and a total of eight principal characters dying, not to mention the mysterious disappearance of the Fool, King Lear is the tragedy with the highest stakes. A play of such complex and intricate comings and goings and it is the perfect combination of exciting, bloody tragedy, wonderfully weaving parallel plot lines and Chinese whispers, greed, deceit, betrayal, lust and humanity.
At the peak of his power, King Lear has decided to divide his kingdom in three and give it to his daughters. However, when his youngest and favourite daughter Cordelia refuses to confess her love for him, he disdainfully disclaims her as his daughter. ‘King Lear’ is arguably Shakespeare’s most tragic tragedy. The play discusses very real issues that are as relevant today as they were when the play was first written; the nature of madness, specifically the frailty of old age, and the stark problem of homelessness. King Lear interrogates these fundamental issues and rather than providing us with the answers it forces us as an audience to witness them unfold. It’s purposive power lies in its dramatic questioning of nature, morality, reason, and order, and in its eloquent voicing of the fundamental paradox of human nature – survival.
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Location: The Astra Hall, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4
Running from the 15th-19th of January at 13:00 everyday €10/€7(students and members) Teachers go free |
Evening performances on Wed & Fri at 19:00 €10/€7(students and members) Teachers go free |
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