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King Lear

Synopsis
A video recording, using a single fixed camera of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 1999 co-production of King Lear. Directed by Yukio Ninagawa with Nigel Hawthorne as Lear and Sanada Hiroyuki as the Fool.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
9 Dec 1999
Duration
185 mins

Credits

Director
Yukio Ninagawa
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Ryudo Uzaki
Production Design
Yukio Horio
Costume
Lily Komine
Cast
Nigel HawthorneLear
Robin WeaverCordelia
John CarlisleEarl of Gloucester
Hiroyuki SanadaFool
Michael MaloneyEdgar, later disguised as Tom o’Bedlam
Alisdair SimpsonKing of France
Anna ChancellorRegan
Brian PoyserOld Man
Christopher BenjaminEarl of Kent
Edward ClaytonKnight
Edward ClaytonGentleman
Jack TannerKnight
Jim FishKnight
Julian OvendenHerald
Julian OvendenKnight
Leon TannerCaptain
Leon TannerKnight
Nicholas McGaugheyDuke of Cornwall
Nicolas TennantOswald
Paula StephensGentlewoman
Peter O’MearaDuke of Burgundy
Raymond BowersDoctor
Raymond BowersKnight
Sarah BallGentlewoman
Sian ThomasGoneril
Simon ChandlerDuke of Albany
Stephen VenturaKnight
William ArmstrongEdmund

Additional Details

Theatre
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Theatre company
Royal Shakespeare Company
Production type
Stage Recordings
Historical period
No period
Plays
King Lear
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)
Related items
Hiroyuki Sanada: A Challenge Started from Nothing
Yes, Sir Nigel

Notes

Notes
A recording was also made at the Saitama Arts Theatre, Tokyo 11 September 1999 and is held by the Shakespeare Centre Library and Archive.

Nigel Hawthorne’s annotated script is available in the Shakespeare Institute Library.
General
Co-produced between the Royal Shakespeare Company and Thelma Holt Ltd with Sainokuni Shakespeare Company, HoriPro Inc and Point Tokyo Co Ltd.
History
The production opened at the Saitama Arts Theatre, Tokyo. Press night 28 October 1999 (Barbican), The show moved to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre to finish its run.
Stills
Stills from, and design notes on, the production are available on the Arts and Humanities Performing Arts Data Service (AHDS) at http://ahds.ac.uk/performingarts/collections/designing-shakespeare.htm
Reviews
Dobson, Michael. Shakespeare Survey 54 (2001) pp 246-82 esp 246-49.

Production Company

Name

Royal Shakespeare Company

Web
https://www.rsc.org.uk External site opens in new window
Address
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Waterside
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
CV37 6BB

Archive

Name

Shakespeare Centre Library and Archive

Email
scla@shakespeare.org.uk
Web
https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/ External site opens in new window
Phone
01789 204016 (bookings)
Fax
01789 262073
Address
Henley Street
Stratford-upon-Avon
CV37 6QW

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