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King Lear
King Lear | William Shakespeare
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Graywacke
King Lear | William Shakespeare
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#shakespearereadalong - found this at the Tate today (Westminster). James Barry : King Lear Weeping Over the Dead Body of Cordelia 1786-8

The whole final scene is here (Edmund got cropped on the left when I squared the picture it off, though)

No clue what Stone Henge is doing in the picture.

batsy Oooh! 1mo
Graywacke @batsy yeah... 1mo
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jewright
King Lear | William Shakespeare
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I read this the first time in college, but I hadn‘t read it since then. Honestly, it made me a little sad this time. Perhaps because the relationship between the father and children is so awful? I can‘t imagine treating my kids that way! But it‘s a fast-paced play, and I enjoyed reading it again.

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batsy
King Lear | William Shakespeare
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"All's cheerless, dark & deadly"—I feel ya, Kent.

I think I say this for every play, but this is one that's relevant for our times. I'm not sure how to review or do justice to this wild, uncontrollable play about power, love, honour, death, & madness. I feel like I walked very carefully to peer over the edge of the cliff & the next thing I know, Shakespeare gave me a shove. What can I say? I'm here for it. 5 ⭐

#ShakespeareReadAlong @GingerAntics

JennyM That is a perfect set-up there! Book, cake and coffee 👌 2mo
Graywacke Guess you need a hang glider or something else when the bard is around. Not sure how to review this either. (The coffee and cake look delicious. ) 2mo
batsy @JennyM @Graywacke It was delicious and a lovely way to soothe oneself after the bleakness of Lear 🙂 2mo
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youneverarrived This photo 😍 2mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @batsy wanna be penpals at #litsylove? 😊 2mo
batsy @Jee_HookedOnBookz I'd love to connect! Pls feel free to drop me a line at subashini.navaratnam@gmail.com ☺️ 2mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @batsy oki doki and thank you! Shall I call you batsy or subashini? 2mo
batsy @Jee_HookedOnBookz Yup, Subashini. batsy is my handle :) Do you go by Jee? 2mo
LeahBergen What a tasty pic! 2mo
Simona 😋🤤Looks perfect❣️ 2mo
Tanisha_A 😍 Perfect! 2mo
Blaire So pretty! 2mo
merelybookish Perfect quote! 🖤 2mo
readordierachel Love this review ❤😆 2mo
Cathythoughts Brilliant review.... just brilliant 👍🏻❤️ 2mo
batsy @Cathythoughts You're too kind Cathy, thank you ♥️ 2mo
BiblioLitten 🤩 The review! 2mo
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alisonrose
King Lear | William Shakespeare
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While the writing & characters & all the mishegas are particularly notable in this one, I admit it‘s not one I totally enjoyed. I mean, Lear is just a sad, narcissistic old douche, for one thing. And almost everyone around him is trash, too. Which is fine but makes it a little difficult b/c you have no one to root for. Plus, TBH I felt a bit lost at times; the plot was just a little too much. But it‘s still Shakespeare! So still worth it! 3/5 ⭐️

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alisonrose
King Lear | William Shakespeare

So white, and such a traitor?

#ShakespeareOnTrump 😬

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Graywacke
King Lear | William Shakespeare
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Pickpick

Well, I made it through to the end. Must be the longest, busiest of his plays I‘ve read. Lear gets a rough bloody lesson in humility amongst rages, tantrums, dark humored fools, outright craziness, squashed eyeballs and some pretty awesome and ruthless politics. What to make of it all? I probably should start by reading it again... ☺️

#shakespearereadalong
@GingerAntics

batsy Squashed eyeballs! 🙈 I just finished too... I'm mulling over how to express what it felt like reading this play and I think it's futile 😅 2mo
merelybookish Busiest play indeed! Still one more act for me to go! 2mo
GingerAntics You‘re spot on with this, in every way! 2mo
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Graywacke @batsy yeah, for me it becomes how to capture the futility of expressing that. There was just so much stuff is going on...😣😟 2mo
Graywacke @merelybookish a little exhausting, no? I think my 🧠 needed to get to the end yesterday. 2mo
Graywacke @GingerAntics 🙂 A couple days of processing will help me. I read an interesting comment in my bibliography about how this play parallels the five emotional steps we face when we have a terminal illness. I‘ll post it Sunday (if possible, I‘ll be traveling) 2mo
GingerAntics Oh, that sounds really interesting. I think I‘m going to have to explore the extra information in my edition, as well. 2mo
Lcsmcat @Graywacke If you‘re unable to post it Sunday, can you do it when you return? 2mo
Graywacke @Lcsmcat I will. I don‘t want to put it here, as it has me thinking a lot and I want to hear other readalongers‘ thoughts - hoping there are sum. 2mo
Graywacke @Lcsmcat PS - if you‘re comfortable with contact outside Litsy, find me on LibraryThing (dchaikin) or Goodreads (daniel chaikin). 2mo
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alisonrose
King Lear | William Shakespeare

O sir, to willful men
The injuries that they themselves procure
Must be their schoolmasters.

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alisonrose
King Lear | William Shakespeare

Striving to better, oft we mar what‘s well.

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batsy
King Lear | William Shakespeare
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My current read features one of the most frustrating papas in literature. Setting up his daughters to commodify love, then feeling wronged when two of them are unable to realise value beyond ambition and self-obsession. But somehow, as we near to the end of the play, Shakespeare manages to make me feel for him, as well.

#papadontpreach #MOvember @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Well played 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 2mo
GingerAntics It‘s the power of Shakespeare, isn‘t it? I hate him at the beginning and feel for him by the end...still hate him, too. 2mo
merelybookish Nice!! 👴 2mo
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Cathythoughts Inspired!! Loved this 👍🏻❤️ 2mo
batsy @GingerAntics LOL yes! I can't understand feeling so bad for a character I still hate... Thanks, Will 🙃 2mo
batsy @Cinfhen @merelybookish @Cathythoughts Thanks! Love it when daily prompt & current read coincide 😁 2mo
GingerAntics Only Will. 2mo
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Lcsmcat
King Lear | William Shakespeare
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Out of the mouth of the “mad” comes the truthes power doesn‘t want to hear. #shakespearereadalong @GingerAntics

GingerAntics The collection of mad men in this play do seem to get the best, most truthful lines. 2mo
Graywacke What a rant, the whole of it! 2mo
Lcsmcat @Graywacke Isn‘t it? Lear would be a fun role to play! 2mo
Graywacke @Lcsmcat oh, that would be good fun. 2mo
batsy Don't know what Shakespeare was tapping into there for inspiration but I love it. Lear's "mad" monologues are next level. 2mo
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merelybookish
King Lear | William Shakespeare
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This week's #bookreport
🙏 Still loving The Waves
😀 Still enjoying King Lear
😑 Bailed on Doxology
😀 Liking What If This Were Enough
🙉🙈 Still TBR
@Cinfhen

Cinfhen That‘s the #LifeOfAReader I had a bail this week too 😜and I started two books which I wasn‘t even considering 3mo
merelybookish @Cinfhen Very true! But I'm excited because after a crazy October, November is seeming less busy. So lots of reading! 3mo
Cathythoughts I loved King Lear in school ❤️💔 3mo
merelybookish @Cathythoughts One of his best! 3mo
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Graywacke
King Lear | William Shakespeare
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Read Act I while on a ✈️ - a cross-Pacific one. Not recommended. Had to reread a lot. But, it‘s pretty amazing so far.

batsy I found it so amazing, too! Shakespeare went all in with this play. And yes, he's tough for me to read anywhere but in a chair at home with a pencil in my hand to underline and scribble 😂 3mo
Graywacke @batsy my kids do Hebrew school on Sundays and my usual routine is reading at a coffee shop while they do that. I happen to love that - but it‘s a dream world compared to the a plane. Oye. But, also, this one is just harder, right? Seems he‘s pushing the reader (and the audience!). It works, I‘m really into it, but takes some deciphering. 3mo
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Cathythoughts We did this one in school & put on the play ... loved it 👍🏻♥️ (edited) 3mo
Graywacke @Cathythoughts fun. (I think I was not much a Shakespeare fan in school though - but I didn‘t read much of anything then) 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm Mine‘s the same edition. What‘s the reading schedule for King Lear? I must have missed the post. 3mo
Graywacke @erzascarletbookgasm conviently i have it typed up 3mo
Graywacke @erzascarletbookgasm King Lear
- [ ] Act 1 - October 27
- [ ] Act 2 - November 3
- [ ] Act 3 - November 10
- [ ] Act 4 - November 17
- [ ] Act 5 - November 24
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Graywacke @erzascarletbookgasm (that was supposed to be one post...) 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm Thanks, I‘ll screenshot it 👍🙂 3mo
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jewright
King Lear (Revised) | William Shakespeare
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Well, then. #shakespearereadalong This part made me laugh.

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Kimberlone
King Lear | William Shakespeare
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Oops, I forgot to post for the #green prompt yesterday! Hear are a bunch of Shakespeare books with green covers from my office bookshelf. None are necessarily horror, but murder and eye gouging does feature prominently in at least two of these plays.

#chillingphotochallenge #scarathlon #teamstoker @TheReadingMermaid

SumisBooks 🧟‍♀️ 3mo
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merelybookish
King Lear | William Shakespeare
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What do you do when you have no time to read? Buy more books, of course! Stopped at Goodwill today for boots for my son and instead got the next
📚#shakespearereadalong pick
📚In Cold Blood (in case @readordierachel and @batsy and I get around to reading it. 😁)
📚A pretty copy of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

LeahBergen That IS a pretty edition of Spark! 4mo
Chrissyreadit In Cold Blood is amazing! 4mo
batsy I was just thinking about In Cold Blood today 😁 @readordierachel 4mo
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Aimeesue Lovely Spark! Obviously la crème de la crème. (edited) 4mo
readordierachel Very pretty copy! And, yes, I still want to read In Cold Blood one of these days! 😃 @batsy 4mo
Reviewsbylola In Cold Blood is fantastic! 4mo
merelybookish @readordierachel @batsy Want to try for nonfiction November? 4mo
merelybookish @Chrissyreadit @Reviewsbylola I have only ever heard raves! Need to bump it to the top of the #TBR 4mo
merelybookish @LeahBergen @Aimeesue Thanks! Creme de la.creme indeed! 😁 4mo
batsy @merelybookish @readordierachel Yes! Let's do it 🙂🤞🏽 4mo
merelybookish @batsy @readordierachel okay! It's on!! Let's make it loose, anytime in November! I'll make a post and see if anyone else wants to join. Of course, we may be the only people who haven't read this classic yet. 😆 4mo
readordierachel @merelybookish Sounds great!👍🏼 4mo
batsy Wonderful! Thank you :) 4mo
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Eggs
King Lear | William Shakespeare
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TheSpineView 😍 😍 😍 4mo
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LitsyHappenings
King Lear (Revised) | William Shakespeare
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Repost for @merelybookish :
Announcing the next 2 #shakespearereadalong plays:
🎭Sept 15-Oct 13 - The Tempest
🎭Oct 27-Nov 24 - King Lear
We'll break in Dec & resume in the new year. We're ending 2019 strong, with a few of the Bard's best!
Also, our original host & founder, the lovely @readinginthedark has stepped down. We would love to add another host to our rotation! If you're interested or have questions, please email mtillstaff at gmail

merelybookish Thanks for reposting!! 5mo
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merelybookish
King Lear (Revised) | William Shakespeare
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Announcing the next two #shakespearereadalong plays:
🎭Sept 15-Oct 13 -- The Tempest
🎭Oct 27-Nov 24 -- King Lear
We'll take a break in December and resume in the new year. We're ending 2019 strong, with a few of the Bard's best!
Also, our original host and founder, the lovely @readinginthedark has stepped down. We would love to add another host to our rotation! If you're interested or have questions, please send an email to mtillstaff at gmail.

catebutler Looking forward to both. 5mo
DeleteAcct These sound great! 5mo
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CoffeeNBooks Looking forward to reading both of these!! 5mo
Lcsmcat Great choices! 5mo
merelybookish @catebutler @rachbb3 @CoffeeNBooks @Lcsmcat Oh good! I'm glad you guys approve! We decided to make a few executive decisions but will go back to more democratic methods of picking plays in 2020. 😛 5mo
merelybookish @LitsyHappenings Can you share when you get a chance? Thanks! 5mo
TheBookHippie Ohhhh yes!!!! Wonderful !! 5mo
Graywacke @merelybookish the executive team rocks. 🙂 5mo
Trashcanman I'd like to do this. But I don't know if I can. 5mo
IamIamIam I loved The Tempest!!! I'll try and keep up!!! Do it, GL! @Trashcanman 5mo
merelybookish @Trashcanman No major commitment! Feel free to do what you want! Do a play, do an act, whatever! 5mo
Trashcanman @merelybookish I can read it, I just have nothing to add. 5mo
merelybookish @IamIamIam Great! We'll add you to our group tag! 5mo
merelybookish @Trashcanman That's okay! There's no pressure to comment. I always assume we have some readers who are following along but not actively participating in the conversation. Whatever is best for you. But you're always welcome! I can tag you, and then you can ignore it, if you want. 😛 5mo
jewright I love both plays, and it‘s been a bit for me on both. 5mo
Trashcanman @merelybookish Thank you and it's a deal. 5mo
ladyneverwhere Can't wait to read both of these! 5mo
Graywacke @Trashcanman it‘s a fun thing. You‘ll enjoy and get some Shakespeare. 5mo
batsy Excellent choices! Very excited 🎉 5mo
TheBookHippie @Trashcanman yay!!! It‘s fun to follow along! 5mo
merelybookish @jewright Same! I remember loving them but it's been YEARS since I read them. I'm excited to revisit! 5mo
merelybookish @ladyneverwhere @batsy Glad you guys are excited. Im excited. 😀 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm Fantastic! I can join and I will join! 💃 5mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘ll be interested to see what everyone makes of The Tempest, I read it last year when I read Atwood‘s Hagseed. 5mo
Sunraven Yay, I‘m in for both! 5mo
merelybookish @erzascarletbookgasm Yay!! I thought choosing plays ahead of time might make it easier for some people. 5mo
merelybookish @Riveted_Reader_Melissa What did you think of the Atwood adaptation? 5mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @merelybookish I actually really liked her take on it‘s retelling version. Not my favorite play, but she did a good job with it. 5mo
NeedsMoreBooks Interested. How do I participate? 5mo
merelybookish @NeedsMoreBooks Hey! Welcome! Nothing, really. I will add your name to the group tag and so you'll be notified when a #shakespearereadalong post goes up. We usually read an act a week and discussion is on Sundays. So we will be discussing Act I of the Tempest on Sept 15. 5mo
NeedsMoreBooks @merelybookish thank you! Had read it in high school. Looking forward to the conversation 😊 (edited) 5mo
Sace Thanks so much for keeping me tagged! Merry wives didn't happen for me, but 🤞I can manage The Tempest. 5mo
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Jazinator
King Lear | William Shakespeare
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Panpan

Book #50: King Lear is the final play for me to read out of the six Shakespearean plays spread across my 100 Greatest Books lists. My personal take on Shakespearean English remains the same, I find it a barrier of entry for me to enjoy the stories and I often miss many of the subtleties within the plays. The plot of King Lear is generally easy to...

http://dinojim.blogspot.com/2006/07/the-306-greatest-books-50-king-lear.html

#100greatestbooks

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Emilymdxn
King Lear | William Shakespeare
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I was so lucky today to see the Polish theatre company Songs of the Goat perform Songs of Lear at the globe. It was so emotional, really original and weird and perfect. Some of the most talented singers I‘ve ever heard. I‘m so grateful for stuff like the Shakespeare and Poland festival making a point of shared cultural heritage and Shakespeare not being ‘ours‘, I adore seeing how different countries and communities transform Shakespeare.

llwheeler That sounds awesome! 7mo
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Andrea313
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One of my favorites. ❤️❤️❤️ #Thunder #QuotsyJuly19
@TK-421

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Kimberlone
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#Riotgrams #Day18 #FatherFigures

Lots of questionable parenting in these Shakespeare plays.

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ulrichyumiodd
King Lear | William Shakespeare
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Pickpick

I had to read King Lear in undergrad but ended up skipping it for reasons unknown (I LOVE Shakespeare, so it is baffling). Having it assigned again, for a PhD class this time, finally made me read it! It‘s a great play with themes of power, manipulation, family, and madness. I‘d be interested to do more academic research on it, too!

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TotallyPretentious
King Lear | William Shakespeare

The oldest hath borne most; we that are young
Shall never see so much nor live so long.
- Edgar

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intothehallofbooks
King Lear | William Shakespeare
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I decided to read King Lear on a whim and wow, it was wonderful. I never had to study this when I was in school but I‘m giving some serious thought to having my kids read it during their high school. I honestly think they would enjoy it. There‘s a lot to unpack and discuss in here. #homeschool

I also want to watch King Lear in movie form. The one on Amazon with Anthony Hopkins looks good! Thoughts?

Avidreader25 The Hopkins one wasn‘t bad, but definitely see it live if you ever get the chance! 13mo
MallenNC I love King Lear. I haven‘t seen the Anthony Hopkins version but I have seen the play a few times and enjoyed them all. A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley is a Lear retelling. (edited) 13mo
intothehallofbooks @Avidreader25 Oh for sure! I‘ll have to check and see if it is anywhere accessible to me anytime soon! Thanks so much for the recommendation!! 13mo
intothehallofbooks @MallenNC Oh wow!! I didn‘t realize A Thousand Acres retells Lear but I‘ve had my eye on that book anyway!! I‘ll have to make it more of a priority. THANK YOU 😊😁 13mo
MallenNC @intothehallofbooks It‘s been a while since I read it but I liked it. I love retellings. 13mo
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Lcsmcat
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Pam.Kokomo
King Lear | William Shakespeare
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Pickpick

Audio + print. So good.

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NHLibrarian
King Lear | William Shakespeare
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I love the National Theatre Live stuff and will see Ian McKellen in anything, so last night we went to see King Lear. As always with Shakespeare, for the first 20 minutes I wonder why I do this to myself, but then something clicks and it starts becoming understandable.

“O, sir, to wilful men,
The injuries that they themselves procure
Must be their schoolmasters.”
Jumped out at me as I deal with certain people in my life now.

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mamareading
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We read this play last year and enjoyed this movie today. The kids liked the oddity of the intermingling modern day with old english. The fact that they had the opportunity to watch Anthony Hopkins and an all star cast in a subject meaningful to them was educational by itself.

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Ericalambbrown
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“See better, Lear!” What a wonderful adaptation with a phenomenal cast. Check it out on Amazon if you are a fan of the play, or Shakespeare, or Anthony Hopkins, or Emma Thompson, or Emily Watson, or Jim Broadbent, or Tobias Menzies, or Andrew Scott, or Jim Carter, or . . .

Ericalambbrown And the young, talented actor who plays Edmund is new to me - his name is John Macmillan and he‘s fantastic! 1y
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Adriannagab
King Lear | William Shakespeare
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📌 King Lear 📚
📌Kate Chopin
📌Kramer vs. Kramer 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽
📌Key lime pie 🥧 🤤

#manicmonday #letterk @JoScho

JoScho Love some Key Lime Pie! 1y
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TheSpineView
King Lear | William Shakespeare
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Andydear
King Lear | William Shakespeare
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Found in the IC archives! The Words Of Shakespeare vinyls ✨👌🏽
Absolutely beautiful condition