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King Lear

Production dates: March 24, 1994 - April 30, 1994
Venue: The Sydney Theatre Company
Directed by: Rodney Fisher
Literature: William Shakespeare
Costume Design: Jennie Tate
Set Design: Brian Thomson
Music: Max Lyandvert

In Britain, King Lear, in old age, chooses to retire and divide up Britain between his three daughters. However, he declares that they must first be wed before being given the land. He asks his daughters the extent of their love for him. The two oldest, Goneril and Regan, both flatter him with praise and are rewarded generously with land and marriage to the Duke of Albany and the Duke of Cornwall, respectively. Lear's youngest and most beloved daughter, Cordelia (Toni Collette), refuses to flatter her father, going only so far as to say that she loves him as much as a daughter should.

Cast & Characters

Simon Bossell (Edgar), Simon Bossell (Edgar) Michael Butcher, Peter Carroll (Earl of Gloucester), Toni Collette (Cordelia), Linda Cropper (Regan), Craig Elliot, John F. Howard, Russell Kiefel (Earl of Kent), Daniel Lapaine (Edmund), Anne Looby (Goneril), Joss McWilliam, Vince Poletto, John Stanton (King Lear), Paul Sugars, Andrew Tighe (Oswald), Brian Vriends, Frank Whitten (Fool), Robert Wilcox (Duke of Albany)

The Sydney Morning Herald, Bob Evans (March 28, 1994)
Rodney Fisher’s production of “King Lear” with John Stanton in the title role is more of a damned shame than a tragedy Lacklustre acting and awkward staging on a set that trundles about into incoherence but never madness, make it the most mediocre and heartless of the three major productions I’ve seen of the play.