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King Lear

Synopsis
Video recording, using three cameras,of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 1993 production of King Lear. Directed by Adrian Noble with Robert Stephens as Lear.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
10 Dec 1993
Duration
201 mins

Credits

Director
Adrian Noble
Writer
William Shakespeare
Production Design
Anthony Ward
Cast
Robert StephensLear
Abigail McKernCordelia
David BradleyEarl of Gloucester
Ian Hughes (2)Fool
Simon Russell BealeEdgar, later disguised as Tom o’Bedlam
David CalderEarl of Kent
Janet DaleGoneril
Jenny QuayleRegan
John NormingtonDuke of Albany
Mark LockyerOswald
Owen TealeEdmund
Richard ClothierKing of France
Simon DormandyDuke of Cornwall
Stuart BunceDuke of Burgundy
Tim HudsonServant of Cornwall

Additional Details

Theatre
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Theatre company
Royal Shakespeare Company
Production type
Stage Recordings
Historical period
No period
Plays
King Lear
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)
Related items
Every Inch a King
First Night Impressions. Part 2: the Actors
Kaleidoscope [13/05/1993]

Notes

Notes
The RSC recorded two performances using a single camera at the RST (8 January 1994) and the Barbican (13 June 1994). These recordings are catalogued separately.
General
Robert Stephens was very ill throughout the run of his performances as Lear and the press night was postponed from 18 to 20 May because of the illness. Robert Stephens’ Lear was much anticipated and widely acclaimed, particularly for his moving performance in the latter half of the play: ‘this Lear is too frail to carry his daughter’s body unaided, and his broken howls and whimpers as he surveys her lifeless body bring the audience to the very heart of grief and loss. It is an extraordinary achievement’ (Charles Spencer, Daily Telegraph).
History
Press night, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, 20 May 1993.
Stills
Stills from, and design notes on, the production are available on the Arts and Humanities Performing Arts Data Service (AHDS) at http://ahds.ac.uk/performingarts/collections/designing-shakespeare.htm
Reviews
Holland, Peter Shakespeare Survey (1995), pp. 181-207 (review article).

Archive

Name

V&A Theatre & Performance Collections: National Video Archive of Performance

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