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King Lear

William Shakespeare

Narrator LibriVox Community

Publisher: LibriVox

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King Lear is widely held as the greatest of Shakespeare's tragedies; to some, it is the greatest play ever written. King Lear abdicates the British throne, to divide his kingdom among his three daughters in proportion to their professed love of him.  His plan misfires when Cordelia, his youngest and favourite daughter, refuses to flatter her father; she is disinherited and banished.This LibriVox recording marks the 400th anniversary of the first performance of the play, on December 26th 1606. (Summary by David Barnes). 
Cast listKing Lear: Andy MinterKing of France: EzwaDuke of Burgundy, Messenger, Captain: Justin BarrettDuke of Cornwall: Cori SamuelDuke of Albany: Kristin LeMoineEarl of Kent: Denny SayersEarl of Gloster: Julian JamisonEdgar, Son to Gloster: Simon TaylorEdmund, Bastard Son to Gloster: John GonzalezCuran, a Courtier: Karen SavageOld Man, Tenant to Gloster: CarlManchesterPhysician: Scott WalterFool: Sean McGaugheyOswald, steward to Goneril: Andrew LebrunAn Officer employed by Edmund: Henry FrigonGentleman, attendant on Cordelia: Kara ShallenbergA Herald: GesineFirst Servant: Ophelia DarcySecond Servant: EstherThird Servant, Third Knight: Kirsten FerreriGoneril, daughter to Lear: Rosalind WillsRegan, daughter to Lear: JemmaBlytheCordelia, daughter to Lear: Kristin HughesStage directions: David Barnes 
** LibriVox trivia….. This entire project was completed in just a week, from conception to delivery… A LibriVox record for a major dramatic work! **
Duration: about 3 hours (03:23:04)
Publishing date: 2014-08-25; Copyright Year: 1623. Copyright Statment: —