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Lear's Daughters 1987

  • About This Production

  • Title

    Lear's Daughters 1987
  • Venue first production

    The Young Vic, London
  • This play explores the childhood of Goneril, Regan and Cordelia before Shakespeare's play begins.

    The Queen, who is seen as a powerful influence on their sibling rivalry, has been running the kingdom for years, endlessly jealous of Lear's peccadilloes, and heavily dependant on the family nanny for her own emotional support.

    The Fool, a slave-child, punctuates the play with songs which pre-figure the action of the tragedy to come.

    And when the Queen is poisoned ... the questions we have always wanted to ask about Cordelia and her wicked sisters are brought into the open.

    LEAR'S DAUGHTERS is a play about women, power and criminality. It is Elaine Feinstein's first work for the Women's Theatre Group.

    Elaine has written extensively for radio and television and her publications include five books of poetry and biographies of Marina Tsvetayeva and Bessie Smith. Her many successful novels include the acclaimed "The Survivors" and "The Border".

    The Women's Theatre Group tours nationally, presenting new work commissioned from women playwrights or devised by the company. We are a multi-racial company and perform to non-theatre going audiences as well as at established theatre venues.
  • Cast

  • Name

  • Janys Chambers
    Adjoa Andoh
    Sandra Yaw
    Hazel Maycock
    Polly Irvin
  • Role

  • Nurse
    Regan
    Goneril
    Fool
    Cordelia
  • Creative Team

  • Name

  • Elaine Feinstein
    Gwenda Hughes
    Jane Linz-Roberts
    Dee Kyne
  • Position

  • Writer
    Director
    Designer
    Lighting Designer
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Reviews
"Brilliant, imaginative theatre."
City Limits

"A rich, Imaginative, probing and adventurous play."
The Times

"Accessible and entertaining•"
Spare Rib

"Unflinchingly original, sumptuously theatrical•"
Times Educational Supplement.

"Quite the best piece of women's theatre I've seen for ages."
Everywoman