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2016 the Year of Lear

Synopsis
Arts documentary. With five major productions taking place in 2016, the film looks at why King Lear resonates so deeply with contemporary audiences. Don Warrington, Antony Sher, Timothy West, Michael Pennington, and Edward Petherbridge speak about their experiences of playing Lear. Diana Rigg speaks of the fraility of Olivier while filming his performance for Granada Television.

There are extracts from the Talawa Theatre Company all-black production at Manchester Royal Exchange with Don Warrington as Lear; the 1983 Granada Television production directed by Michael Elliott with Oliviier as Lear; Peter Brook’s 1971 film with Paul Scofield as Lear; Theatre for a New Audience’s 2014 staging directed by Arin Arus with Pennington as Lear, and the RSC’s 2016 staging directed by Gregory Doran with Antony Sher in the title role. Also a trailer for the Royal & Derngate Northampton production directed by Max Webster with Michael Pennington as Lear. The 2016 Bristol Old Vic production directed by Tom Morris with Timothy West has stiils only.

Edward Petherbridge speaks of the stroke he had immediately before he was about to play Lear in New Zealand and the show ‘My Perfect Mind’ directed by Kathryn Hunter for the Young Vic in 2014 in which he writes about that experience.

Narrated by Maxine Peake,
Series
Artsnight
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Transmission details
29 Oct 2016 at 21:00 (Channel: BBC2)
Duration
30 mins

Credits

Director
Charlie Sever
Producer
Charlie Sever; Hannah Robson
Contributor
Diana Rigg; Gregory Doran; James Shapiro; Nicholas Hytner; Timothy West
Cast
Michael PenningtonLear

Additional Details

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

Notes

General
Talawa Theatre Company’s production with Don Warrington as Lear was filmed before a live audience over two nights at Manchester Royal Exchange. The play was directed for the stage by Michael Buffong and for screen by Bridget Caldwell. The film and learning resources were made in association with Lion Eyes TV production services.

Production Company

Name

BBC Studios

Archive

Name

BFI National Archive

Web
http://www.bfi.org.uk/archive-collections/searching-access-collections/research-viewing-services External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7255 1444
Fax
020 7436 0165
Address
21 Stephen Street
London
W1T 1LN
Name

Learning on Screen Off-Air Recording Back-up Service

Email
services@bufvc.ac.uk
Web
http://bufvc.ac.uk/tvandradio/offair External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7393 1514
Fax
020 7393 1555
Address
For Learning on Screen Members only
77 Wells Street
London
W1T 3QJ

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