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King Lear

Synopsis
Television anthology arts series presented by Melvyn Bragg. Programme on the staging of King Lear around a rehearsal in the National Theatre of David Hare’s production with Anthony Hopkins in the title role. Hare, Jonathan Miller, Anthony Hopkins and Peter Brook comment on their approach to the play. In addition to the rehearsal scenes are extracts from the Peter Brook film (1970) with Paul Scofield, Jonathan Miller’s two television productions (1975 and 1982), Kurosawa’s RAN (1985) and Kozintsev’s KOROL LIR (1970). There is also a staging of the final scene as envisaged in Nahum Tate’s re-writing in 1681. Jonathan Miller directs the scene where Goneril and Regan have poisoned each other, Edgar marries Cordelia and all is well.
Series
South Bank Show, The
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Stage directing; Rehearsals; performance history

Credits

Director
Chris Hunt
Producer
Chris Hunt
Production Design
Gordon Melhuish
Costume
Linda Mattock
Contributor
David Hare; Jonathan Miller; Melvyn Bragg; Peter Brook
Cast
Angela Down 
Anthony Hopkins 
Bill Nighy 
Clive Swift 
Graham Crowden 
John Grillo 
John Shrapnel 
Ken Drury 
Michael Bryant 
Miranda Foster 
Peter Eyre 
Philip Locke 
Suzanne Bertish 

Production Company

Name

London Weekend Television

Archive

Name

BFI National Archive

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