When Lear, king of England, decides to divide his kingdom amongst his three daughters and retire, while wanting to keep the respect and ceremony attributed to a king, it sets off an unforeseen chain of events that changes the course of an entire country. His two eldest daughters, Goneril and Regan, are free with their stroking of Lear’s vanity – but their youngest sister, Cordelia, who loves her father most, will not say what he wants to hear, and for it is packed off to marry the King of France without her rightful share of the kingdom. Lear is then left to the hands of his two daughters who are more interested in power than in the care of their father, and who have little patience for Lear’s arrogance, selfishness, and growing mental instability. Meanwhile, another family in court has their own sibling problems as one brother seeks to destroy another, and all comes to an end with a battle for the future of England itself.
Advice To The Players is a unique company of theater professionals, enthusiastic community members and energetic teens that has been performing Shakespeare and offering workshops in New Hampshire’s Lakes and Mountains Region since 1999. Our award-winning productions bring William Shakespeare’s richly passionate plays to life and introduce new generations to live theater and to Shakespeare’s brilliantly rendered portraits of humanity.