King Lear, old and tired, divides his kingdom among his daughters, giving great importance to their protestations of love for him. When Cordelia, youngest and most honest, refuses to idly flatter the old man in return for favor, he banishes her and turns for support to his remaining daughters. But Goneril and Regan have no love for him and instead plot to take all his power from him. In a parallel, Lear's loyal courtier Gloucester favors his illegitimate son Edmund after being told lies about his faithful son Edgar. Madness and tragedy befall both ill-starred fathers.
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Did You Know?
The script indicates that the Fool is a very young man, who is perversely wiser than the very old King Lear. While this version leaves in many of the script cues suggesting this, the Fool is played by Michael Bryant
who was older than Ian Holm
(Lear). See more
Version of King Lear: Episode #1.6