Some of the action of Shakespeare’s play ‘King Lear’ takes place around Dover. The play was first performed at court on 26 December 1606, and was probably written in late 1605 or early 1606. On 4 October 1605 the ‘King’s Men’, Shakespeare’s theatre company, visited Dover and it is quite likely that Shakespeare himself was with them. He certainly must have visited Dover at sometime as he uses one of its landmarks as the setting for one scene.In Act 4, Scene 1 the blinded Earl of Gloucester asks Edgar to lead him to Dover: GLOUCESTER Dost thou know Dover? EDGAR Ay, masterGLOUCESTER There is a cliff whosehigh and bending head Looks fearfully in the confined deep Bring me to the very brim of it, And I’ll repair the misery thou dost bear With something rich about me: from that placeI shall no leading need. That cliff, to the west of Dover, is now called Shakespeare Cliff in honour of its mention by the Bard. In Act 4, Scene 6 Shakespeare wrote of the view as seen from the green cliff top: EDGAR Come on, sir; here's the place: stand still. How fearful And dizzy 'tis, to cast one's eyes so low! The crows and choughs that wing the midway air Show scarce so gross as beetles: half way down Hangs one that gathers samphire, dreadful trade! Methinks he seems no bigger than his head: The fishermen, that walk upon the beach, Appear like mice; and yond tall anchoring bark, Diminished to her cock; her cock, a buoy Almost too small for sight: the murmuring surge, That on the unnumbered idle pebbles chafes,Cannot be heard so high. I'll look no more; Lest my brain turn, and the deficient sight Topple down headlong. The "Samphire" is a succulent plant that was once made into tasty pickle but seldom found today.