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King Lear, old and tired, divides his kingdom among his daughters, giving great importance to their protestations of love for him. When Cordelia, youngest and most honest, refuses to idly ... See full summary »

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Jonathan Miller

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William Shakespeare (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Shrapnel ... Earl of Kent
Norman Rodway ... Earl of Gloucester
Michael Kitchen ... Edmund
Michael Hordern ... King Lear
Gillian Barge ... Goneril
Brenda Blethyn ... Cordelia
Penelope Wilton ... Regan
John Bird John Bird ... Duke of Albany
Julian Curry Julian Curry ... Duke of Cornwall
David Weston ... Duke of Burgundy
Harry Waters Harry Waters ... King of France
Anton Lesser ... Edgar
John Grillo ... Oswald
Iain Armstrong Iain Armstrong ... First Gentleman
Frank Middlemass ... Fool
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King Lear, old and tired, divides his kingdom among his daughters, giving great importance to their protestations of love for him. When Cordelia, youngest and most honest, refuses to idly flatter the old man in return for favor, he banishes her and turns for support to his remaining daughters. But Goneril and Regan have no love for him and instead plot to take all his power from him. In a parallel, Lear's loyal courtier Gloucester favors his illegitimate son Edmund after being told lies about his faithful son Edgar. Madness and tragedy befall both ill-starred fathers. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 1982 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Lear király See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Jonathan Miller also used colour to connect characters; the Fool wears white makeup which washes off during the storm, Edgar wears a white mask when he challenges Edmund to fight, and Cordelia wears white make-up after her death. Similarly, the Fool has red feathers in his hat, Edgar has a red tunic, and Cordelia's red welts on her neck stand out starkly against the white of her skin after her death. See more »

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Version of Koning Lear (1969) See more »

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Perhaps the best ever
18 February 2002 | by John-405See all my reviews

Michael Hordern's masterful understanding of the part, his sandpaper voice, his shaggy but noble head made him the perfect Lear--"every *inch* a king". I first saw this production as a college freshman in 1985, and I've seen none since that has equaled it. It should be noted that Frank Middlemass who plays a more sympathetic and tender-hearted Fool is no less indispensable to the success of this production. Unforgettable.

By the way, the BBC series of the complete Shakespeare plays (produced in the late 1970s to mid-80s), which is prohibitively expensive at ca. US$3700, is frequently available in American public libraries. Everyone who is able should make a point of availing themselves of the opportunity of seeing this wonderful series at least once before they die.


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