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This version of Shakespeare's tragedy, King Lear, has been made for practical use on the stage, the play being necessarily reduced to reasonable length to suit the exigencies of the present time. In the curtailment, all superfluous horrors have been omitted.

As the period of King Lear is fabulous, I have chosen, at the suggestion of Mr. Ford Madox Brown (who has kindly designed three scenes in the First and Second Acts), a time shortly after the departure of the Romans, when the Britons wquld naturally inhabit the houses left vacant.

HENRY IRVING.

DRAMATIS PERSONÆ.

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LEAR

(King of Britain) Mr. IRVING. King of France

Mr. PERCIVAL. Duke of Burgundy

Mr. BOND. Duke of Cornwall

Mr. Hague. Duke of Albany

Mr. TYARS. Earl of Kent

Mr. HOLLOWAY. Earl of Gloster

Mr. ALFRED BISHOP. EDGAR (son to Gloster)

Mr. WILLIAM TERRISS. EDMUND (bastard son to Gloster) Mr. FRANK COOPER. CURAN (a courtier)

Mr. Harvey. Old Man

(tenant to Glostur) Mr. Howe. Fool

Mr. HAVILAND. OSWALD ... (steward to Goneril)... Mr. GORDON Craig. Physician

Mr. Lacy. An Officer

Mr. LORRISS. A Gentleman

Mr. Ian ROBERTSON. A Messenger

Mr. PoweLL. A Herald

Mr. BELMORE. A Knight

Mr. TABB. GONERIL, wife to Albany

Miss ADA DYAS. REGAN, wife to Cornwall daughters Miss MAUD MILTON.

to Lear

and CordeLIA

Miss ELLEN TERRY.

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Knights attending 0: LEAR, Oficers, Messengers, Soldiers, and

Attendants.

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SCENE 1.-Court within Gloster's Castle
SCENE 2.-Open Country ...
SCENE 3.-Court within Gloster's Castle

7. Harker. Hawes Craven. 7. Harker.

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