By Eleanor Bley Griffiths. The two-hour Bank Holiday Monday special has been adapted by Bafta and Olivier Award-winning director Richard Eyre and features an all-star cast, with Anthony Hopkins in the title role. Before the drama airs on Monday 28th May at 9. Who is King Lear? Now he intends to split his kingdom between his three daughters — according to the degree of affection they are willing to show him.
Key moments from King Lear and some significant facts about the play and its characters. Lear divides his kingdom Act 1 Scene 1 King Lear announces his intention to divide his kingdom into three and asks which of his daughters loves him most. He banishes Cordelia and splits his land between his other two daughters. Edmund deceives Gloucester Act 1 Scene 2 In parallel to Lear's actions, Gloucester is deceived by his son Edmund and doubts the loyalty of his other son, Edgar. Lear is cast out Act 2 Scene 2 Enraged by his daughters' refusal to allow him to keep knights to attend him, Lear and his Fool depart into the stormy night alone. His eyes are pulled out and he is thrown out of his home unattended.
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A storm rages on the heath. Kent gives the knight secret information: he has heard that there is unrest between Albany and Cornwall and that there are spies for the French in the English courts. He gives the knight a ring and orders him to give it to Cordelia, who will know who has sent the knight when she sees the ring.
It runs May June 2; tickets here. Lear is the story of a king gone mad in the sunset of life. Can Shakespeare help decode our moment of madness?