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King Lear on Boxing Day

Synopsis
Radio programme celebrating the four hundreth anniversary of the performance of King Lear, the new play offered to King James I and his guests at Whitehall Palace on Boxing Day 1606. Presenter Francine Stock tries to evoke the mood of the period and discusses Shakespeare’s reasons for writing the play with studio guests, including actors Fiona Shaw and Oliver Ford Davies; scholars Jonathan Bate, Michael Dobson, Richard Dutton, Brett Dolman and Tiffany Stern; director Richard Eyre, food historian Ivan Day and the early music ensemble Passamezzo. With recorded comments from actors who have interpreted the role including Donald Sinden, John Gielgud, Laurence Olivier and Paul Scofield.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Transmission details
26 Dec 2006 at 14:15 (Channel: BBC Radio 4)
Duration
90 mins

Credits

Producer
Beaty Rubens
Contributor
Brett Dolman; Fiona Shaw; Francine Stock; Ivan Day; Jonathan Bate; Michael Dobson; Oliver Ford Davies; Richard Dutton; Richard Eyre; Tiffany Stern

Additional Details

Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Plays
King Lear
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); theatre history

Notes

History
Broadcast 400 years after the play was originally performed at Whitehall Palace, London. Part of a BBC radio anniversary tribute to the play.

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Archive

Name

British Library Sound Archive

Email
listening@bl.uk
Web
http://www.bl.uk/nsa External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7412 7676
Fax
020 7412 7441
Address
96 Euston Road
London
NW1 2DB

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