6 dramatic British landscapes and gardens that inspired Shakespeare’s plays

This year marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death and, to mark the occasion, we are exploring the playwright’s love of the British countryside which provided much inspiration for his plays. Here are six of his most famous settings… dame judy dench bluebell wood

The cliffs of Dover – King Lear

white cliffs of dover

Gloucester is suicidal and in taking advantage of his blindness, Edgar, his son, tricks him into thinking they are at the edge of the cliffs. He jumps, and after falling only two feet, Gloucester is still alive and is convinced the Gods saved him.

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