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Prince Lear

Synopsis
Radio play in blank verse written by Perry Pontac as a parody prequel to King Lear. Old King Lear (John Moffat in an imitation of Gielgud) is married to Eudoxia (Rosalind Shanks), who after being accused of infidelity, drowns herself. Lear the younger proposes marriage to Kent, who turns out to be a woman in disguise.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Transmission details
18 Nov 1994 at 22:50 (Channel: BBC Radio 3)
Duration
50 mins

Credits

Director
Richard Wortley
Writer
Perry Pontac
Cast
John MoffattLear
Claire SkinnerGoneril
John ShrapnelEarl of Kent
Rosalind ShanksEudoxia

Additional Details

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

Notes

History
A repeat of Gielgud’s three-hour production of King Lear was broadcast two days later (20.11.1994) at 7pm.
Reviews
'Pontac’s verse is bliss. It combines bits of genuine Swan with glorious moorhens. ... Not since the halycon days of Sue Limb’s Wordsmiths of Gorsemere have we heard such skilful parody’ (Sue Gaisford, ‘Radio: The Maharajah and the Macaroni’, The Times, 20 November 1994, p.26).

Archive

Name

British Library Sound Archive

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