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Rod Carley's King Lear (1991)

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"There are two important social themes in the play that are particularly relevant today: society's treatment of the elderly and the consequent obligations of the old and young, and the breakdown of family relationships. These ideas provide the framework for this production. In seeking to shorten the gap between the world of King Lear and ours, the story is being set in Victorian England. The setting is a Victorian sanatorium and the play unfolds as a haunting dream in the mind of an abandoned inmate. Relocating King Lear in a period known for its political and social politesse adds a deepening perspective as it probes down to the bone of human behaviour." (from Program)

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King Lear
Front: Lynne Cormack (Regan), Lewis Gordon (Lear), Gabrille Rose (Gonerill)
Back: William Dunlop (Fool), Stuart Dowling (Knight),
John Nelles (Oswald), Adam Branble (Knight)
King Lear
Patrick Galligan (Cornwall), Lynne Cormack (Regan), Dick Murphy (Gloucester),
Rob McCarroll (Servant), J. Craig Sandy (Servant)
King Lear
Stuart Dowling (Burgundy), Alison Lawrence (Cordelia),
Lynne Cormack (Regan), Patrick Galligan (Cornwall), Lewis Gordon (Lear),
Gabrielle Rose (Gonerill), Kent Staines (Albany),
Dick Murphy (Gloucester), Adam Bramble (1st Knight)
King Lear
Lewis Gordon as Lear
William Dunlop as Fool
King Lear
Simon Bradbury as Edmund
 

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