Apr 27, 2022
It is often said of King Lear that if an actor has the stamina to play the titular role, they don't have the age, but if they have the age, they don't have the stamina.
With this in mind, we are taking a look at Early Modern perceptions and beliefs surrounding aging and old age, how aging and old age is represented in the text of King Lear, and how it has been portrayed on stage.
Shakespeare Anyone? is created and produced by Kourtney Smith and Elyse Sharp.
Note: When this episode was recorded, Kourtney Smith was using the stage name "Korey Leigh Smith".
Music is "Neverending Minute" by Sounds Like Sander.
Additional sound effects from https://www.zapsplat.com
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Martin, Christopher. Ch. 5 Confin’d to Exhibition: King Lear through the Spectacles of Age. Constituting Old Age in Early Modern English Literature, from Queen Elizabeth to King Lear. University of Massachusetts Press, https://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt5vk6xw.8. 2013 pp. 137-175. Accessed 26 Apr. 2022.