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Shakespeare in Performance: Film

King Lear (1982, Jonathan Miller)

TitleKing Lear
Release LocationsGB
DirectorJonathan Miller
MediumColor video
Length3 hrs
Audiencecollege and university
Play ConnectionsKing Lear (teleplay)
SeriesThe Shakespeare Plays


Shot in London BBC studios with modified attempt to adhere to Folio rather than Quarto text in line with recent critical theory viewing the two texts as different acting versions

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 LearMichael Hordern
GonerilGillian Barge
ReganPenelope Wilton
CordeliaBrenda Blethyn
FoolFrank Middlemass
CornwallJulian Curry
AlbanyJohn Bird
KentJohn Shrapnel
EdgarAnton Lesser
EdmundMichael Kitchen
OswaldJohn Grillo

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorJonathan Miller
ProducerShaun Sutton
Literary ConsultantJohn Wilders
Adaptor/TranslatorPatricia Preece
Adaptor/TranslatorDavid Snodin
CostumesRaymond Hughes
MakeupEileen Mair
LightingJohn Treays
SoundDerek Miller-Timmins
ProductionColin Lowrey

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell