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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.
(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.
Miss ELLEN TERRY.
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