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King Lear

Synopsis
Television anthology arts series presented by Melvyn Bragg. Programme on the staging of King Lear around a rehearsal in the National Theatre of David Hare’s production with Anthony Hopkins in the title role. Hare, Jonathan Miller, Anthony Hopkins and Peter Brook comment on their approach to the play. In addition to the rehearsal scenes are extracts from the Peter Brook film (1970) with Paul Scofield, Jonathan Miller’s two television productions (1975 and 1982), Kurosawa’s RAN (1985) and Kozintsev’s KOROL LIR (1970). There is also a staging of the final scene as envisaged in Nahum Tate’s re-writing in 1681. Jonathan Miller directs the scene where Goneril and Regan have poisoned each other, Edgar marries Cordelia and all is well.
Series
South Bank Show, The
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Transmission details
11 Jan 1987 at 22:30 (Channel: ITV)
Duration
52 mins

Credits

Director
Chris Hunt
Producer
Chris Hunt
Production Design
Gordon Melhuish
Costume
Linda Mattock
Contributor
David Hare; Jonathan Miller; Melvyn Bragg; Peter Brook
Cast
Graham CrowdenLear
Miranda FosterCordelia
Michael BryantEarl of Gloucester
Peter EyreEdgar, later disguised as Tom o’Bedlam
John Grillo 
John Shrapnel 
Ken DruryDuke of Albany
Philip LockeEarl of Kent
Suzanne BertishRegan

Additional Details

Theatre
National Theatre, London
Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Plays
King Lear
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Stage directing; Rehearsals; performance history

Notes

General
The cast for the Nahum Tate version is Graham Crowden as Lear, Clive Swift /Gloucester, Angela Down/Cordelia and Peter Eyre/Edgar, John Shrapnel and John Grillo.
History
David Hare’s production, with Anthony Hopkins as Lear, opened in the Olivier Theatre in December 1976.

First shown on US television 24 march 1988 on the Bravo channel.

Production Company

Name

London Weekend Television

Archive

Name

BFI National Archive

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