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King Lear

Synopsis
Video recording, using a single, fixed camera, of the RSC’s 2007 production of King Lear directed by Trevor Nunn with Ian McKellen in the title role.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
2007
Duration
210 (including interval)

Credits

Director
Trevor Nunn
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Steven Edis
Production Design
Christopher Oram
Cast
Ian McKellenLear
Romola GaraiCordelia
William GauntEarl of Gloucester
Sylvester McCoyFool
Ben MeyjesEdgar, later disguised as Tom o’Bedlam
Adam BoothKnight
Ben AddisKing of France
David WestonGentleman
Frances BarberGoneril
Gerald KydSoldier
Guy WilliamsDuke of Cornwall
John HeffernanOswald
Jonathan HydeEarl of Kent
Julian HarriesDuke of Albany
Melanie Jessop2nd Gloucester servant (Servant)
Monica DolanRegan
Naomi CapronMaid
Peter HintonCaptain
Peter HintonDuke of Burgundy
Philip WinchesterEdmund
Richard GouldingKnight
Richard GouldingMessenger
Russell ByrneDoctor
Russell Byrne1st Gloucester servant (Servant)
Seymour MatthewsCuran

Additional Details

Theatre
Courtyard Theatre, The
Theatre company
Royal Shakespeare Company
Production type
Stage Recordings
Historical period
19th Century
Plays
King Lear
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Complete Works Festival (Stratford upon Avon 2006-7)
Related items
Conversation with Sir Ian McKellen, A
Front Row [01/06/2007]

Notes

General
Frances Barber (Goneril) was injured shortly before the opening and the press night was postponed until 1 June 2007. Understudy Melanie Jessop played the role.
History
The production played in repertory from 24 March-21 June 2007 as part of the Complete Works Festival. From 29 June-7 July it played at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and from 19 July 2007 on a world tour. The production played in repertory with The Seagull also directed by Trevor Nunn. The production was also videotaped by Theatre on Film and Tape (TOFT) at the Harvey Theatre, Brooklyn Academy of Music September 19 2007 and this recording is catalogued separately.

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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