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King Lear

Synopsis
Video recording using a single camera of a performance of King Lear, directed by Helena Kaut-Howson, and performed by the Young Vic/IP Productions at the Young Vic theatre, London, in August 1997. The production was notable for casting a woman (Kathryn Hunter) as Lear.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
1 Aug 1997
Duration
301 mins
Availability
REFERENCE ONLY

Credits

Director
Helena Kaut-Howson
Writer
William Shakespeare
Production Design
Pawel Dobrzycki
Cast
Kathryn HunterLear
Hayley CarmichaelCordelia
Rob PickavanceEarl of Gloucester
Marcello MagniFool
Simon RobertsEdgar, later disguised as Tom o’Bedlam
Colin McCormackEarl of Kent
David ActorDuke of Albany
Gabrielle ReidyRegan
Glynn PritchardDuke of Cornwall
Jeremy BrudenellEdmund
Jonas FinlayCuran
Jonas FinlayDuke of Burgundy
Kate SeawardGoneril
Michael HodgsonKing of France
Nick CavaliereOswald

Additional Details

Theatre
Young Vic Theatre
Production type
Stage Recordings
Plays
King Lear
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
drama in English; performances; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Gender reversal

Notes

History
First performed at the Haymarket Theatre, Leicester in March 1997.
Reviews
Kelly, Philippa ‘See What Breeds About Her Heart: King Lear, Feminism and Performance’ Renaissance Drama 33 (2004), pp137-57. [Questions what makes a production ‘feminist’ and looks at three feminist reconfigurations of King Lear - Victoria Morgan’s ballet, Lear, Jane Smiley’s novel A Thousand Acres (later adapted into a film) and productions directed by Helena Kaut-Howson and Maureen Shea which cast Lear as a woman.

Production Company

Name

Young Vic Company

Archive

Name

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

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