Want to know where King Lear is set? See each setting Shakespeare used in the play on the map below.
The setting of Shakespeare’s King Lear is very bleak – an ancient mythical kingdom somewhere in the middle of England. Some scholars have placed the setting around ancient Leicestershire. The time period is also unknown but it seems to be something like the period in which the mythical King Arthur ruled his kingdom on the west coast of England. The action takes place in the middle of a very bleak winter. Shakespeare wants to make the winter as hostile to human beings as possible, which sharpens the suffering of Lear. Towards the end of the play the action moves to Kent, to the English and French camps near Dover.
The map below shows all the locations Shakespeare used for King Lear. You can zoom in on the map for a more detailed view of an area, and click the icons on the map for more information. Text in quotation marks are the specific locations Shakespeare references in his King Lear text.