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Shakespeare in Performance: Film

King Lear (1948)

TitleKing Lear
Release LocationsGB
Length3 hrs, 20 mins
Play ConnectionsKing Lear (teleplay)


Royston Morley, the BBC drama producer, poured energy and enthusiasm into this postwar King Lear that was the most ambitious Shakespeare production in many years. His attempts to persuade John Gielgud to play the title role failed because the star was in Mexico at the time, but the cast was made up of well-known stage actors. By today's standards, the budget was tiny (somewhat over £2,000) but the fan mail was nevertheless abundant (WAC T5/247, 22 Aug. 1948)

Description from Shakespeare on Screen : an International Filmography and Videography by Kenneth S. Rothwell and Annabelle Henkin Melzer. ©1990 Kenneth S. Rothwell. Cited by permission. — Added 2008-11-14

Cast Overview

King LearWilliam Devlin
GonerilRosalie Crutchley
ReganNicolette Bernard
CordeliaUrsula Howells
The FoolAlan Wheatley
FranceMichael Ashwin
BurgundyCyril Conway
CornwallReginald Tate
AlbanyNorman Claridge
KentRobert Sansom
GloucesterHenry Oscar
EdgarRobert Harris
EdmundPatrick Troughton
OswaldJohn Chandos
GentlemanJohn Vere
Knights, Courtiers, Attendants And ServantsFrederick Ross
CastJohn Baker
CastCyril Hardingham
CastMaxwell Jackson

Production Team and Crew Overview

ProducerDouglas Allen
ProducerRoyston Morley
ProductionBarry Learoyd

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell