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Abbey Shakespeare Players 2011: King Lear

Time shall unfold what plaited cunning hides
Cordelia, Act I Sc 1

You see me here, you gods, a poor old man, As full of grief as age; wretched in both!
Lear, Act II Sc 4

King Lear is one of Shakespeare's greatest plays. In a fit of rage and vanity, Lear banishes his youngest daughter Cordelia and divides his kingdom between her sisters, Gonerill and Regan.

Cast out by them into a storm that echoes the turmoil in his mind, he slowly learns that power and pomp are an illusion.

In this production, set in the ancient Celtic past, the Abbey Shakespeare Players under director Henry Ward bring out the essential humanity in Shakespeare's retelling of this ancient tale.



Cast & Crew - Pictures by Stephen Whitehead - Pictures by David Baker - Pictures by Andy Reader


Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks! rage! blow! You cataracts and hurricanoes, spout Till you have drenched our steeples, drowned the cocks!
Lear, Act III Sc 2

"Marry, here's grace and a cod-piece; that's a wise man and a fool."
Fool, Act III Sc 2



King Lear is the Abbey Shakespeare Players' 25th summer production in St Dogmaels Abbey and was directed by Henry Ward.

8pm, Wednesday 3 August–Saturday 6 August 2011
Dydd Mercher 3 Awst–Dydd Sadwrn 6 Awst

Tickets 10 (8 concessions) available from Theatr Mwldan, Cardigan

Box Office: 01239 621200 or via www.mwldan.co.uk and also on the gate on the evening.

This is an outdoor production so please dress warmly. Seating is provided

We are pleased to be participating in the RSC's Open Stages project.


"Lear is neither conventional nor well-mannered", says director, Henry Ward. "It takes place in a dangerous pagan world. There is an archetypal resonance to this story that it shares with some of the powerful underlying themes of Greek tragedy. Even though Lear is often bleak, there are moments of transcendent beauty."