King Lear comes to the Fellows' Garden

King Lear

The Cambridge Shakespeare Festival is staging King Lear in the Fellows' Garden this summer.

King Lear is one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies. Written between 1603 and 1606, it begins with Lear giving his kingdom to two of his three daughters (Goneril and Regan), based on their ability to flatter him. His third daughter (Cordelia) refuses to flatter him and is banished.

The plot then follows the treachery of Goneril and Regan and Lear's descent into madness. The play is an extraordinary and sometimes violent portrayal of power and ambition. It questions what is rational and what is mad, and what 'natural' behaviour is, if it exists at all.

Performances run from 30 July to 18 August, and start at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £15 (£11 concessions) and are available from The Cambridge Shakespeare Festival website.

The entrance to the Fellows' Garden is at the junction of Queens Road and West Road, opposite the Back Gate of the College.

16 July 2012