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King Lear - Play Information

Actor interview (2012)

Read a Q&A interview with Paul Copley who plays Lear in Tim Crouch's 2012 'Young People's Shakespeare' production of King Lear.

Suitable for: All ages

Dating the play & Shakespeare's sources

How do we know when King Lear was written? And what sources and stories influenced Shakespeare when he wrote it? Performance history expert Rebecca Brown presents the evidence.

Suitable for: Secondary, 16-19

Dating the play & Shakespeare

Director interview

Read a transcript of director Trevor Nunn talking to Professor James Shapiro talking about King Lear and Nunn's production for the RSC in 2007.

Suitable for: Secondary, 16-19

Director interview

Past programme article

King Lear - A shifting landscape

Professor Peter Holland examines the diverse responses to playing King Lear.

Suitable for: Secondary, 16-19

Past programme article

Scenes: Key moments

Every director will choose their own key moments in King Lear depending on how they are interpreting the play. Here, we've selected a number of important scenes.

Suitable for: Secondary, 16-19

Scenes: Key moments

Stage history

Performance history expert Rebecca Brown guides us through the stage history of King Lear from the time Shakespeare wrote it to the present day.

Suitable for: Secondary, 16-19

Stage history

Well-known quotes

We've selected some famous quotes from King Lear.

Suitable for: Secondary, 16-19

Well-known quotes

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