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King Lear

Synopsis
Television production for schools.
Series
For Schools
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television
Recording date
31 Jul 1974
Transmission details
24 Sep 1974 (Channel: ITV)
Duration
25 mins

Credits

Producer
Tony Davenall
Production Design
Robin Parker
Costume
Jan Rowell
Cast
Patrick MageeLear
Wendy AllnutCordelia
Ronald RaddEarl of Gloucester
Robert ColebyEdgar, later disguised as Tom o’Bedlam
Ann LynnRegan
Beth HarrisGoneril
Patrick MowerEdmund
Ray SmithEarl of Kent

Additional Details

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

Notes

Notes
TV Times notes ‘These four programmes will follow the transmission of KING LEAR. Two plays, each in 2 parts, will pick up themes from Lear to show their contemporary relevance. These plays were The Mistake by Ray Jenkins based on the relationship between Lear and his daughters and Incident, also by Jenkins, about Gloucester and his sons. These plays, shown in the KING LEAR/REFLECTIONS slot were tx Tuesday 24 September 1974 11.40-12.00 and Wednesday 10.10-10.30.

The Birmingham Shakespeare Library holds a camera and rehearsal typescript.
General
A feature article in TV Times, quoting the producer, stated ‘Unless you’re a keen theatre-goer, you probably haven’t had a chance to see King Lear for years. There’s no trace of a television production’.
History
Transmitted in 6 weekly parts 24/9-5/11/1974. The episodes were put together and released as a video in 1988 (catalogued separately)

Archive

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