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An Unbearable Play. The Father–Daughter Relationship in King Lear
An Unbearable Play. The Father–Daughter Relationship in King Lear

Author(s): Éva Patkó
Subject(s): Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts
Published by: Universitatea de Arte din Târgu Mureş - A Marosvásárhelyi Művészeti Egyetem Kiadója
Keywords: William Shakespeare; King Lear; Jan Kott; Peter Brook; Giorgio Strehler

Summary/Abstract: In this paper I look at the father-daughter relationship in Shakespeare`s King Lear based on two approaches: one is the basic idea that every child bares his/her parents` characteristics, so when you look at Lear`s daughters, you can see a part of Lear in them. On the other hand, I’d like to thematize the directorial concept - already used by Giorgio Strehler in 1972 - that Cordelia and the Fool are played by the same actress. They were probably played by the same actor also in Shakespeare’s time . This idea is further developed in the paper by ex-ploring the personal directorial choice to have Cordelia deciding to become the Fool, as she cannot leave her father.

  • Issue Year: XV/2014
  • Issue No: 27
  • Page Range: 99-102
  • Page Count: 4
  • Language: English