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Nation’s Best Am Dram Extras: Lear

Synopsis
Reality talent contest to find the best amateur dramatics company from among the UK’s c3,500 groups offering the winning troupe the chance to perform at the Lyric Theatre in London’s West End.
The four remaining theatre clubs compete for a place in the final, preparing and performing scenes from King Lear at the RSC’s Courtyard Theatre in Stratford. Judges are: Miriam Margolyes, theatre producer Bill Kenwright and critic Quentin Letts. Mentors for the finalists includes Harriet Walter, Roger Allam, Martin Shaw, Richard Wilson and Niamh Cusack. Narrated by Kathy Burke.

This episode offers a closer look at the semi-finalists’ preparations for this week’s performances of King Lear, and further insight into how the judges made their decision.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Transmission details
5 Dec 2002 at 22:00 (Channel: Sky Arts 2)
Duration
60 mins

Additional Details

Theatre
Courtyard Theatre, The
Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Plays
King Lear
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Amateur theatre; Reality TV; Talent contests
Related items
Nations’ Best Am Dram, The

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