“So this nihilistic play from 1613 has more to say about the death of ideology than even most postmodern plays; it doesn’t delight and revel in that anarchy like Christopher Marlowe might have done, it just peters out, exhausted, shattered and defeated. By the end of the play, the couple of shattered survivors can’t even summon up the strength to maintain the semblance of a nation state. Britain has essentially been dissolved: this is indeed the Dark Ages.”Ian Kennedy (discussing ‘King Lear’)
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