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King Lear

Synopsis
A video recording, using a single camera, of Richard Eyre’s 1997 production of King Lear with Ian Holm in the title role.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
26 Apr 1997
Duration
210 (incl. 15min interval)

Credits

Music
Dominic Muldowney
Production Design
Bob Crowley
Cast
Anne-Marie DuffCordelia
Michael BryantFool
Paul RhysEdgar, later disguised as Tom o’Bedlam
Adrian IrvineKing of France
Daniel CoonanMessenger to Albany (Messenger)
David BurkeEarl of Kent
Finbar LynchDuke of Albany
Harry JonesOld Man
Martin ChamberlainGentleman
Michael SimkinsDuke of Cornwall
Nicholas BaileyDuke of Burgundy
Paul BenzingServant of Cornwall
William OsborneOswald

Additional Details

Theatre
Cottesloe Theatre, National Theatre, London
Theatre company
National Theatre Company
Production type
Stage Recordings
Plays
King Lear
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Traverse stage
Related items
Nothing Will Come of Nothing

Notes

Notes
The production was re-staged for television and broadcast on BBC2 21 March 1998. This recording is catalogued separately.
General
Bob Crowley’s set played on a long, narrow traverse stage with the audience ranged close to the acting space at either side.
History
The performance played at the Cottesloe 27 March-12 April and then on tour. The television production was shown in the US on WGBH 21 March 1988 and as part of PBS’s Mobil Masterpiece Theatre series 11 October 1998.
Awards
Ian Holm won an Olivier Award for Best Actor for his performance as Lear, and Richard Eyre won Best Director.
Reviews
Coursen, H.R. Shakespeare in Space: Recent Shakespeare Productions on Screen (New York: Peter Lang, 2002), pp. 54-57.

Archive

Name

National Theatre Archive

Contact
Archivist
Email
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Web
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Phone
+44 (0) 20 7452 3135
Address
NT Studio
83-101 The Cut
London
SE1 8LL
UK

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