• a scene-by-scene commentary that traces the play's on-stage life and an audience's progressive experience of performance
• a close reading of the text that leads to a re-assessment of the tragedy's achievement
• discussion of the play's sources, and its cultural and political context
• accounts of major performances on stage and screen, and of notable critical assessments.
Inspiring and stimulating, this essential study of King Lear in both text and performance offers a path to a fuller knowledge of Shakespeare's verbal, theatrical and imaginative art.