King Lear

Tragedy - Revival

National Theatre

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  • Opening Date: December 25, 1950
  • Closing Date: February 3, 1951
  • Previews: 0
  • Performances: 48

Playwright: William Shakespeare


In William Shakespeare's royal-family tragedy, the aging King Lear divides his estate between his three daughters, ultimately refusing his youngest and favorite her share because she won't publicly admit her love for him. The decision leads to chaos and treachery within the kingdom and madness for its monarch.


Opening Night Cast

Louis Calhern King Lear of Britain
Wesley Addy Edgar
Mitchell Agruss Curan
Edith Atwater Goneril
Nina Foch in King Lear Nina Foch Cordelia
Martin Gabel Earl of Kent
Richard Malek Duke of Albany
Arnold Moss Earl of Gloucester
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Opening Night Production Credits

William Shakespeare William Shakespeare Writer
  John Houseman Staging
  Ralph Alswang Scenic Design
  Dorothy Jeakins Costume Design
  Ralph Alswang Lighting Design
  Harvey B. Sabinson Press Representative
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