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When better than now to make a drama about "the division of the kingdom"? A new production of Shakespeare's great tragedy with a Scottish cast headed by Ian McDiarmid as Lear and Bill Paterson as Gloucester.

Lear is a very old king with a dynastic problem: three daughters and no sons. In dividing the kingdom between his children, Lear's reasoning is admirable: he wants to hand over the kingdom to his daughters so that "future strife / May be prevented now." But in doing so he sets in train a chain of events that lead to madness, self-discovery and the disintegration of the kingdom.

Music performed by Polly Phillips (bassoon) and Georgina McGrath (double bass)

Music and Sound Design by Gary C Newman.

Credits

Role

Contributor

Writer

William Shakespeare

King Lear

Ian McDiarmid

Goneril

Madeleine Worrall

Regan

Frances Grey

Cordelia

Joanna Vanderham

Kent

Michael Nardone

Gloucester

Bill Paterson

Edgar

Finn den Hertog

Edmund

Paul Higgins

The Fool

Brian Vernel

Albany

Steven Robertson

Cornwall

Steven Cree

Oswald

Owen Whitelaw

Burgundy/Doctor

Sean Murray

King of France

Simon Harrison

Old Man/Gentleman

Ewan Bailey

Producer

Gaynor Macfarlane

Director

Gaynor Macfarlane

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