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King Lear

Synopsis
A televised production of the staging first performed at the 1973 New York Shakespeare Festival. James Earl Jones is Lear. The cast is ethnically diverse - Lear and his daughters are black, Gloucester is Italian-American and Edmund is Hispanic.
Series
Theatre in America
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Television
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
2002
Transmission details
1 Feb 1974 (Channel: WNET)
Duration
190 mins

Credits

Director
Edwin Sherin
Producer
Joseph Papp
Writer
William Shakespeare
Cast
Lee ChamberlinCordelia
Tom AldredgeFool
Rene AuberjonoisEdgar, later disguised as Tom o’Bedlam
Charles PeguesOld Man
Douglass WatsonEarl of Kent
Ellen HollyRegan
Frankie FaisonCaptain
Frederick CoffinOswald
George AddisonHerald
George DzundzaGentleman
Gregory MosherMessenger
J.W. HarperServant of Cornwall
James, III WestGentleman
John R. TobinskiCuran
Raul JuliaEdmund
Redvers JeanmarieMessenger
Robert LanchesterDuke of Cornwall
Robert StattelDuke of Albany
Rosalind CashGoneril

Additional Details

Theatre
Delacorte Theatre, Central Park, New York City
Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Plays
King Lear
Subjects
Drama; Shakespeare
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Multicultural casting; New York Shakespeare Festival; Colourblind casting

Notes

General
A production first staged at the New York Shakespeare Festival, 1973. Filmed for television in front of a live audience in Central Park which the camera makes no attempt to exclude.
Reviews
Jack Jorgens, ‘The New York Shakespeare Festival’ Shakespeare Quarterly, 24 Fall 1973’. H.R. Coursen ‘A Review: The Papp-Sherin King Lear’ Pulse (April 1974).

Production Company

Name

Educational Broadcasting Corporation

Sponsor

Name

Thirteen/WNET

Archive

Name

Library of Congress, Motion Picture, Broadcasting & Recorded Sound Division

Web
http://catalog.loc.gov/ External site opens in new window
Phone
(20) 707-8572
Fax
(20) 707-237’1
Address
Motion Picture & Television Reading Room
James Madison Building, LM 336
101 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, D.C.
20540-4690
United States

Distributor

Name

Heritage Theatre

Email
info@heritagetheatre.com
Web
http://www.heritagetheatre.com External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7243 2750
Address
8 Clanricarde Gardens
London
W2 4NA

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