King Lear was a play by William Shakespeare. The First Doctor witnessed its debut performance and later reflected that Richard Burbage was a good actor, but "rubbish at portraying old men crushed by the delicious uncertainties of life".
While attending Coal Hill School, Susan Foreman read out loud in class the part of Cordelia in King Lear. She told the teacher, Miss Ireland, that the play was nothing like what had really happened. (AUDIO: All Hands on Deck)
The Doctor once took Sarah Jane Smith to the Lyceum Theatre to see Henry Irving's production of King Lear. They were kicked out after the Doctor dropped his choc-ice on one of the Earls. (AUDIO: The Quantum Possibility Engine)
Behind the scenes Edit
The 2008 film adaptation, broadcast on Channel 4, starred Ian McKellen in the role of King Lear. Others in the cast were Sylvester McCoy, William Gaunt, Frances Barber, David Weston, John Heffernan, Julian Harries, Kieran Bew, Peter Hinton and Ben Addis.
The 2017 audio adaptation, released by Big Finish Productions, starred David Warner in the role of King Lear. Others in the cast were Louise Jameson, Lisa Bowerman, Finty Williams, Trevor Cooper, Raymond Coulthard, Barnaby Edwards, Ray Fearon, Mike Grady, Gwilym Lee, Tony Millan, Nicholas Pegg, and Paul Shelley.