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King Lear

Synopsis
Televised adaptation of the play with Michael Hordern in the title role and Frank Middlemass as the Fool.
Series
Play of the Month
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Transmission details
23 Mar 1975 (Channel: BBC1)
Duration
121 mins

Credits

Director
Jonathan Miller
Producer
Cedric Messina
Writer
William Shakespeare
Art Direction
Vic Symonds
Cast
Michael HordernLear
Angela DownCordelia
Anthony NichollsEarl of Gloucester
Frank MiddlemasFool
Ronald PickupEdgar, later disguised as Tom o’Bedlam
Benjamin WhitrowDuke of Albany
Ewan HooperEarl of Kent
John ShrapnelDuke of Cornwall
Michael JaystonEdmund
Penelope WiltonRegan
Sarah BadelGoneril

Additional Details

Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Plays
King Lear
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
Director Jonathan Miller first directed the play with actors Michael Hordern and Frank Middlemass in 1969 at Nottingham Playhouse, Nottingham; he subsequently directed the same pair for the BBC TV Shakespeare production of the play in 1982.
History
This is part of a series of eight Shakespeareare plays produced for BBC by Cedric Messina, who was to launch the production of the BBC TV Shakespeare series three years later.

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Archive

Name

BFI National Archive

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