Get the Most Out of King Lear

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William Shakespear's King Lear, Nov. 06, 2018

The plot sounds like a made-for-Netflix film, and it wouldn’t be surprising to hear that an adaptation of The Tragedy of King Lear is scheduled to be produced for the small screen.

But there’s nothing like watching a gripping drama unfold on the stage in person. On Nov. 15–17, the Bob Jones University Classic Players’ production of William Shakespeare’s tale of politics, family betrayal and chaos will be presented at Rodeheaver Auditorium on the BJU campus.

The storyline: Now that he is an old man, Lear has decided to divide his kingdom equally between his three daughters. First, however, he puts them through a test. According to his instructions, the parsing will depend on the quality of each princess’s declarations of love for her father before the court. What ensues is truly a tragedy.

There are multiple subplots—some more subtle than others.

Read the SMART Guide (PDF) to gain insight into the themes of the play, the author, characters’ motivations and more.