• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

A Review of King Lear by the Royal Shakespeare Academy

Extracts from this document...


A Review of King Lear by the Royal Shakespeare Academy First of all I would like to say that the Swan theatre in Stratford was excellent. The three levels were used excellently, people were walking on all the three levels, arguing with each other, and making announcements, people were talking from the different floors and moving on all the different levels, but somehow through some great timing it never became confusing, it was a feature that could have confused the audience but it was executed well. There were hundreds of lights, and props were used well even if there were only really a few tables, chairs and a bathtub and a curtain, the actors were dancing on the tables and later the chairs were used as obstacles to show the chaos and looked a lot dirtier to emphasise the anarchy of the second half of the play, the bathtub was used for Poor Tom (Edgar) to hide in. The stage was right in front of the audience, so you felt like you were right in the heart of the action and sometimes you were. ...read more.


is the eye gouging scene where the Duke of Gloucester gets his eyes ripped out. There was screaming, sound effects and lighting which portrayed the agony of torture well. There was fake blood, a fake eye (I hope) rolling across the stage. The lighting got darker and darker and the interval came. It set the mood for the depressingly tragic second half. The costumes were tuxedos and ball gowns which are still worn today at formal parties. After the interval the clothes were torn and dirtier which emphasised the distress of the latter parts of the play. The stage had lots of props (I explained earlier in this article how the tables and chairs were used) thrown over it, smoke effects used, overall this was very dark and completely suited the mood of the play (which I thought was excellent). Gloucester had black make up over his eyes there was excellent choreography he looked like he was uneasy but still seemed in control of the situation even though he couldn't see. ...read more.


He calls -- too late -- for Lear's and Cordelia's lives to be spared. We are told that Reagan and Goneril are dead. Lear carries Cordelia's body and cries, and distracts everyone before dying of a broken heart. The final line of the play is spoken by Edgar "Speak what we feel, not what we ought to say." I think he was telling us to be honest to ourselves and if a situation is bad say it is bad. Don't try to make things seem better than they are, is his basic message. In summary it was a good production because the stage was used to it's fullness, you actually felt like you were part of the play, due to the great choreography of the sword fight. The storm scene was excellent and had a waving curtain and great atmospheric music. The best compliment I can give this play is that I could easily write a few more pages about it. The props were used great and the acting superb and best of all there was a sword fight. I mean you don't see violence in modern day films and plays. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level King Lear section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level King Lear essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    How effectively does Shakespeare present Lear's loss of power in the play?

    4 star(s)

    Perhaps the most apparent symbol of Lear's loss of power is through his loss of power over his mind. At the beginning of the play Lear wields much power and Shakespeare has it that Lear defines himself through his power; after all the play is called 'The Tragedy of King Lear' and not just Lear.

  2. Explore the presentation of Edmund in 'King Lear'

    I am here''. Edmund feels not genuine sorrow, but self-pity, bemoaning his lost social status: ``Yet Edmund was beloved.'' As in the past, Edmund is a syncophant, carrying out the acts he feels may redeem his reputation even in his death.

  1. With particular reference to Act 1, Scene 1, show how Shakespeare presents the character ...

    Although this is not of too much significance at first glance, I think Shakespeare's choice of wording here is deliberate; it is ironic as it relates to the blindness theme that carries the play. Lear also says, "my grave be my peace", by which he is saying that he has nothing to look forward to.

  2. In Shakespeare's King Lear, the Fools main function is to play three major roles. ...

    The Fool again had no influence over King's actions and he follows In King Lear, there are only three people with the ability to stand up to Lear.

  1. Just how admirable is Edmund?

    As I mentioned Edmund's self-belief is also very impressive. He understands that this is necessary for him to succeed, for without it he would fail as he would not think himself man enough to complete the tasks due to the audacity of what he himself requires.

  2. An Examination of the Significance of the Fool in King Lear

    had taken the side of Lear who is now out of favour with 'fortune'. The Fool then tells Kent that Lear had banished two of his daughters, and did the third a blessing against his will; and that, if Kent still follows Lear and supports him, he would be no

  1. King Lear - Does the Fool present the voice of reason?

    His larger than life personality and his amusing clothes show the Fool's presence on stage. The Fool is dressed like a Jester with a funny hat and shoes with bells on to mark his whereabouts, he can also be seen laughing, joking and dancing around the stage.

  2. The Nature of Redemption and the Limits of Pessimism in King Lear

    Where Bradley imagines evidence of overcoming and transcendence, Stampfer sees only the last acts of a desperate and doomed man. Lear?s frantic search for a mirror or a feather to ?prove? that Cordelia is still alive?despite his own admission that ?[s]he?s gone forever? (5.3.261)? does not describe a man who

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work