The Tragedy of King Lear (version 3)


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(3.7 stars; 3 reviews)

Known for its heartrending emotion and shocking violence, The Tragedy of King Lear is seen as one of Shakespeare's towering masterpieces. It tells the tale of the ageing King Lear, a British monarch who disposes of his vast kingdom by giving bequests to his two eldest daughters when they flatter his vanity. Unbeknown to him, these daughters hide cold and unfeeling hearts; the only daughter truly worthy of his grace, Cordelia, is shunned and later exiled when she refuses to play her sisters' game. Lear's rash decision precipitates a series of events that all cascade into the realm of overbearing misery. Madness (both real and feigned), torture, stormy weather, sibling rivalry and the threat of war are but some of the things you can expect from this extraordinary work, all brought about by a great man who falls from the heights of power due to a single moment of irrationality.

And to perform it all? Three men (Craig Franklin, Tomas Peter, and Brad "Hamlet" Filippone) and one woman (Sonia), determined to give you a performance of this moving play that you will never forget. You thought you knew your Shakespeare? Well, think again! - Summary by Tomas Peter

Cast list:
Brad “Hamlet” Filippone: Narrator; Earl of Kent / Caius; Duke of Albany; King of France; Curan; Old Man; Captain; First Servant to Cornwall & French Messenger.
Tomas Peter: Earl of Gloucester; Edmund; Goneril; Fool; Duke of Burgundy; Physician; Knight; Second Servant to Cornwall & Second Officer.
Sonia: Regan; Edgar / Poor Tom; Cordelia; Oswald; Third Servant to Cornwall & First Officer.
Craig Franklin: King Lear; Duke of Cornwall; Gentleman; Messenger & Herald. (3 hr 43 min)

Chapters

Dramatis Personae 2:46 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act I 58:19 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act II 39:57 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act III 44:56 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act IV 47:51 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act V 29:33 Read by LibriVox Volunteers

Reviews

(4 stars)

An overall good reading of the combined text of King Lear. Some of the accents and audio can be strange at times, but a good job as a whole.