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      /KING LEAR/ (1982)


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    • Dvd Region: 2+4 Pal (UK & Europe)
    • Certificate: PG
    • Running Time: Approx. 183 minutes
    • Type: Fullscreen

    • Originally Transmitted: 19th September 1982
    • Dvd Release Date: 2005
    • Released By: BBC Worldwide Ltd.
    • Distributed By: DD Home Entertainment
    • Format: Colour Dvd Pal

    • Language: English
    • Subtitles: English sdh
    • Audio: Mono
    • Format: 4:3

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      A TRAGEDIE

      In 1978, the BBC set itself the task of filming all of William Shakespeare’s plays for television. The resulting productions, renowned for their loyalty to the text, utilised the best theatrical and television directors and brought great performances from leading contemporary actors.

      "He’s mad that trust in the tameness of a wolf,
      a horse’s health, a boy’s love, or a whore’s oath."

      When King Lear rejects his most devoted daughter Cordelia because she refuses to patronise him with hollow sentiments, he embarks on a journey into humiliation, loneliness and eventually madness. In what is widely regarded as Shakespeare’s greatest creative achievement, a story of family conflict ultimately reveals the bare futility of the human condition.

      Director Jonathan Miller has had so many triumphs with this great Shakespearian tragedy that his name is now synonymous with the play. In this renowned version, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Michael Hordern gives a remarkable performance in the lead role.


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      "Meanwhile we shall discuss our darker purpose
      Give me the map there. Know that we have divided
      In three our kingdom, and 'tis our fast intent”

      Michael Hordern
      John Bird   Anton Lesser   Frank Middlemass
      Brenda Blethyn
      and Brian Glover

      Directed by Jonathan Miller
      Produced by Shaun Sutton

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      DRAMATIS PERSONAE:

      In credits order

    • 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 ... Duke of Albany
    • Julian Curry ... Duke of Cornwall
    • David Weston ... Duke of Burgundy
    • Harry Waters ... King of France
    • Anton Lesser ... Edgar
    • John Grillo ... Oswald
    • Iain Armstrong ... First Gentleman
    • Frank Middlemass ... Fool
    • Ken Stott ... Curan
    • Stuart Blake ... First Servant
    • Tony Sympson ... Second Servant
    • Peter Walmsley ... Third Servant
    • George Howe ... Doctor
    • John Dallimore ... Second Gentleman
    • Tim Brown ... Captain
    • Adam Kurakin ... Herald
    • Fraser Wilson ... Third Gentleman
    • Richard Albrecht ... Officer

      • Director: Jonathan Miller
      • Produced: Shaun Sutton
      • Adapted: William Shakespeare’s original play

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      William Shakespeare
      Hys Most Excellent and
      The Tragedie of

      King Lear

      A Tragical Historie



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      ABOUT KING LEAR

      Universally acknowledged as the most outstanding tragic play in English drama King Lear first appeared in print in a quarto of 1608. A substantially different text appeared in the 1623 Folio. Modern research confirms an earlier view that the 1608 quarto represents the play as Shakespeare originally wrote it, and the 1623 Folio as he substantially revised it. He revised other plays, too, usually by making many small changes in the dialogue and adding or omitting passages, as in Hamlet, Troilus and Cressida, and Othello.

      The story of a king who, angry with the failure of his virtuous youngest daughter (Cordelia) to respond as he desires in a love-test, divides his kingdom between her two malevolent sisters (Goneril and Regan), had been often told; Shakespeare would have come across it in Holinshed’s Chronicles and in A Mirror for Magistrates while reading for his plays on English history. It is told also (though briefly) in Edmund Spenser’s Faerie Queen (Book 2, canto 10), and had been dramatized in a play of unknown authorship – The True Chronicle History of King Leir and his three daughters – published in 1605, but probably written some fifteen years earlier ~ Miller’s stirring production throws a stark and revealing light upon the play’s deeply significant themes.




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