King Lear

William SHAKESPEARE (1554 - 1616)

King Lear is widely held as the greatest of Shakespeare's tragedies; to some, it is the greatest play ever written. King Lear abdicates the British throne, to divide his kingdom among his three daughters in proportion to their professed love of him. His plan misfires when Cordelia, his youngest and favourite daughter, refuses to flatter her father; she is disinherited and banished.

This LibriVox recording marks the 400th anniversary of the first performance of the play, on December 26th 1606. (Summary by David Barnes).

Cast list

Genre(s): Tragedy

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Act 1 Group 00:53:42
Play 02 Act 2 Group 00:38:56
Play 03 Act 3 Group 00:38:38
Play 04 Act 4 Group 00:42:54
Play 05 Act 5 Group 00:28:52