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King Lear: Text and Performance

Synopsis
Explores the way meanings are created in theatre and recorded performance through performers, directors, space, audience, design, cultural background, types of performance and techniques of recording and editing. Uses excerpts from various productions, including an Open University/BBC production of King Lear starring Kenneth Cranham and Celia Imrie, a Japanese Noh theatre production, extracts from an acting workshop by Fiona Shaw, and an interview with novelist Jane Smiley.
Series
Shakespeare: Text and Performance, Course Aa306
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2000
Transmission details
(Channel: BBC2)
Duration
178 mins
Availability
Out of distribution

Credits

Cast
Celia Imrie 
Fiona Shaw 
Jane Smiley 
Kenneth Cranham 

Additional Details

Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Plays
King Lear
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
drama production; Noh drama; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); stage design

Notes

General
The production excerpts are from the BBC/OU co-production CONJURING SHAKESPEARE. Episode 5: A FAMILY AFFAIR broadcast BBC2 8/10/97.

Production Company

Name

BBC Open University Productions

Distributor

Name

Canny Store

Web
https://cannystore.com/ External site opens in new window
Phone
01789 207440
Address
The Mansley Centre
Timothy’s Bridge Road
Stratford upon Avon
CV37 9NQ

Distributor (Sale)

Name

Open University Worldwide

Web
http://www.ouw.co.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
+44 (0) 1908 274066
Address
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
MK7 6AA
Notes
NB. As of May 2016 Open University Worldwide are no longer distributing DVDs. They have posted this message on their website: ‘Unfortunately Open University Worldwide Limited has decided that product sales are no longer viable given the reduced funding to Higher Education institutions and diminishing demand for the products we have traditionally stocked. At present the Open University Students Association (OUSA) will continue to sell the "Good Study Guide", and we are in discussion with other possible distributors to continue to make The Open University’s products available for purchase. As soon as we have any information on other channels of distribution we will update this notice’. Some products are still available via second hand dealers on Amazon.co.uk

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