This page contains links to the free original script of King Lear by Shakespeare.
Another thing to bear in mind as you read the King Lear text are Shakespeare’s stage directions, which are italicised. Stage directions are instructions and direction to the actors, and not spoken lines. Some stage directions can be a little confusing, so have a read of our understanding Shakespeare’s stage directions article.
The text of King Lear is very long, so we have separated the play into it’s original Acts and Scenes. Click on the appropriate links below to read Shakespeare’s original script of King Lear, or King Lear translated into simple, modern English: