The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1018 Wednesday, 16 June 1999.
Date: Tuesday, 15 Jun 1999 05:47:10 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Nahum Tate's Lear
I have recently received a proposal from a director who would like to
direct Nahum Tate's adaptation of Shakespeare's "King Lear", written in
1681, I believe.
From what I gather, the biggest (?) differences in the play are the fact
that the Fool has been cut completely, Cordelia and Edgar have a
romantic interest in one another, and Lear, in addition to NOT dying,
regains his kingdom. Oh yes, Cordelia also lives.
I have an idea about what members of this list will say, but I would
like to hear your thoughts on this adaptation. Is it worth doing? Is
it worth exploring the possibility of doing? IS there anything valid
about this interpretation, other than the fact that it is an adaptation
of Shakespeare's 'Lear' into a Restoration Comedy, (if that is valid at
Looking forward to hearing your responses. Feel free to reply off-list