Click on the images below to find out more about where King Lear is set.

Every performance of King Lear will be set in a place that considers all of the things above but that can be done in lots of different ways. For example, the play could be set in a distant mythical Britain, a futuristic apocalyptic Britain, or a time similar to one we recognise but in a different country or parallel universe.

Why do you think changing the world or setting of the play might be helpful for modern audiences? Where might you choose to set King Lear?

Teacher Notes

On this page students can explore some of the key things that we know about the setting of King Lear by clicking on the pictures.

You can use these pictures, or other images, as a starting point to discuss what they know about the setting of the play and to think about where they would set the play if they were creating their own production. A great way of doing this visually is for students to create a mood board or collage of images that could be used as design inspiration.

The activity in the Teacher Notes on the Productions page develops on this and asks students to think about creating a design for their own production.