King Lear

by: William Shakespeare

Companion Texts

The Royal Shakespeare Company: King Lear

RSC.org.uk

The RSC has been producing Shakespeare’s plays since 1875. Their website hosts a wealth of resources, ranging from images and video of past productions to interviews with the actors and directors who have tackled King Lear.

Tudor Times: James VI & I

Tudortimes.co.uk

Each episode of the Tudor Times podcast discusses a different aspect of the period of English history in which Shakespeare was writing. This episode looks at the life of James I, who came to the English throne shortly before Shakespeare began King Lear.

Chop Bard Shakespeare: King Lear

Inyourearshakespeare.com

Over sixteen episodes of more than an hour each, this podcast provides a detailed scene-by-scene analysis of King Lear, and a line-by-line translation into contemporary English.

The British Library: Madness, The Fool and Poor Tom

BL.uk

This extensive article discusses the theme of madness in King Lear, with quotations and images from the hundreds of sources in the British Library’s collection. The article also links to many other BL resources relating to Shakespeare and King Lear.

Talking Lear: Simon Russell Beale

Youtube.com

Simon Russell Beale is one of the world’s most acclaimed Shakespearean actors. In this insightful interview he talks about playing the role of Lear at the National Theatre in London, where he worked with his longtime collaborator, director Sam Mendes.

The Folger Shakespeare Library: King Lear

Folger.edu

The Folger Library’s website provides access to a vast range of material about Shakespeare’s life and works. The King Lear collection includes a gallery of images from the play’s production history.