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King Lear

Synopsis
A restaging by Trevor Nunn and Chris Hunt of Nunn’s 2007 production of King Lear for the Royal Shakespeare Company with Ian McKellen in the title role.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
2008
Recording date
Feb 2008
Duration
173 mins

Credits

Director
Chris Hunt; Trevor Nunn
Producer
Chris Hunt; Richard Price
Cinematographer
Paul Wheeler
Production Design
Eric Walmsely
Cast
Ian McKellenLear
Romola GaraiCordelia
William GauntEarl of Gloucester
Sylvester McCoyFool
Ben MeyjesEdgar, later disguised as Tom o’Bedlam
Adam BoothServant
Adam BoothKnight
Ben AddisKing of France
David WestonGentleman
Frances BarberGoneril
Guy WilliamsDuke of Cornwall
James HeffermanOswald
Jim CreightonSoldier
Jonathan HydeEarl of Kent
Julian HarriesDuke of Albany
Kieran BewSoldier
Melanie Jessop2nd Gloucester servant (Servant)
Monica DolanRegan
Naomi CapronMaid
Peter HintonDuke of Burgundy
Peter HintonCaptain
Philip WinchesterEdmund
Richard GouldingMessenger
Russell Byrne1st Gloucester servant (Servant)
Russell ByrneDoctor
Seymour MatthewsCuran
Zoe BoyleLady-in-Waiting

Additional Details

Theatre company
Royal Shakespeare Company
Production type
Other
Plays
King Lear
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)
Related items
Conversation with Sir Ian McKellen, A

Notes

Notes
The stage performances recorded on video by the RSC and Theatre on Film and Tape (TOFT) are catalogued separately.

The DVD extras include scene selection and an illuminating interview with McKellen in which he talks about the play and his approach to the role. He also makes very interesting observations on how a performance is perceived on stage, in the cinema and on television.
General
Filmed in High Definition at Pinewood Studios.
History
The production was shown on More4 25 December 2008 and is catalogued separately.
Reviews
Terris, Olwen, Viewfinder, no. 73, December 2008, p. 27.

Production Company

Name

Channel 4

Name

Iambic Productions

Name

NHK

Name

Performance Company, The

Name

Thirteen/WNET

Distributor (Sale)

Name

Retail outlets

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