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Shakespeare in Performance: Film

Stages: Houseman Directs Lear (1981)

TitleStages: Houseman Directs Lear
Release LocationsUSA
MediumColor video
Length54 mins
Audiencecollege and university
elementary school
Play ConnectionsKing Lear (documentary)


The program "explores the actors' and directors' creative process by following John Houseman, Academy Award winning actor, eminent director and producer as he rehearses The Acting Company, the repertory company he founded, in a new production of Shakespeare's King Lear. Jason Robards is on-camera host. Filmed segments of the final production allow the audience to judge for themselves the outcome of the endeavor" (SFNL 6.2 [March 1982]: 7)

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

CastJohn Houseman
CastJason Robards

Production Team and Crew Overview

ProducerAmanda C. Pope

Company Overview

Playgroup The Acting Company

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell