Lear's Daughters

by the Women's Theatre Group and Elaine Fenstein

“When you are Queen, this will be yours. This will be our secret – just you and me – and you mustn’t tell.”

What happened to the three daughters of King Lear before they made their entrances in Shakespeare’s classic?

Once upon a time, there were three sisters locked in a room. Three girls missing their absent parents. Three young women discovering their power and destiny.

Two poor servants, a Nanny and the Fool, rule the nursery and share dark secrets. The Queen is buried amidst scandal and Lear plans to marry off the older sisters, keeping the youngest for himself.

This urban fairytale leads you through a merry maze of lust, love and jealousy. At times darkly comical, at times tragic, but always enthralling and compelling. “Three princesses all grown older, thinking about their father and counting the cost”

November 2003

Soho Theatre


Creative team

Writers: Women's Theatre Group and Elaine Fenstein
Director: David KS Tse
Designer: Mark Hemerton
Video: Kazuko Hohki

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